Strasburg to make minors debut April 11
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says right-hander Stephen Strasburg will make his minor league debut for Double-A Harrisburg against Altoona on April 11.
That's the same day that the fifth starter in the Nationals' rotation is slated to pitch for the first time during the regular season.
Rizzo also said Monday that Strasburg won't pitch in an April 3 exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox at Nationals Park. The team had considered having him play that day.
Strasburg was optioned to Harrisburg on March 20 after going 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA and allowing eight hits, walking one and striking out 12 in nine exhibition innings.
He was the No. 1 overall pick in June's amateur draft and signed a record $15.1 million contract.