The Washington Nationals returned from rehabilitation assignment and reinstated right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day Injured List and optioned left-handed pitcher Sam Clay to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Strasburg, 33, went 1-1 with a 1.98 ERA in three rehab starts between Single-A Fredericksburg and Triple-A Rochester. He struck out 13 batters, walked six and allowed four hits in 13.2 innings pitched. Strasburg made his final rehab start on June 3 vs. Buffalo, allowing just one hit in 6.0 innings with four strikeouts and one walk.
Strasburg is Washington’s all-time (2005-pres.) leader in starts (246), wins (113) and strikeouts (1,718). Since his debut in 2010, Strasburg ranks among Major League starting pitchers (min. 1,400.0 IP) in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (3rd, 10.55), opponents’ slugging percentage (3rd, .353), opponents’ OPS (4th, .634), strikeout-to-walk ratio (6th, 4.38), opponents’ batting average (5th, .223), opponents’ on-base percentage (5th, .280), walks and hits per innings pitched (5th, 1.09), ERA (6th, 3.21) and strikeouts (11th, 1,718).
Clay, 28, did not appear in a game during his most recent Major League stint.