HARRISBURG, Pa. - When Stephen Strasburg takes the hill for the Nationals against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, he'll have a strict pitch limit attached to his first major league outing since Aug. 21, 2010. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Strasburg would be limited to 80 pitches or five innings.
Additionally, Rizzo said before Thursday night's Double-A game between Portland and Harrisburg that right-hander Brad Peacock, one of the prized arms in the Washington farm system, would follow Strasburg to the mound.
That would appear to take Peacock, who was 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA between Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse this season and is expected to be called up for his first taste of the major leagues now that rosters have expanded past the traditional 25-man limit, out of the running for a Saturday start. Instead, that start could go to lefty Tom Milone, another pitcher expected to be promoted for a September look-see.