Strasburg making final Minors tuneup

Strasburg making final Minors tuneup

HOUSTON -- Right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the best known Minor Leaguer in the country, will get one more start with Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday before joining the Washington Nationals.

Strasburg, who is scheduled to make his Major League debut, next Tuesday at home against Pittsburgh, will start for the Chiefs against Buffalo live on MiLB.TV at 1 p.m. ET.

The 6-foot-4 Strasburg, out of San Diego State, has been mowing down Minor Leaguers this season.

"He's pretty much proven everything he needs to prove in the Minor Leagues," Nationals reliever Tyler Walker said. "We're going to welcome him with open arms and treat him like everybody else."

He began the year with Double-A Harrisburg and went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA in five games. He has put up similarly jaw-dropping numbers for Syracuse, going 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA.

"This is a tough game. Every night you have to be ready," Walker said. "We're expecting big things from him."

Strasburg has 60 strikeouts and only 12 walks in 50 1/3 innings between the two Minor League affiliates of the Nationals. He has allowed only one home run.

Washington manager Jim Riggleman reiterated before Wednesday night's game at Houston that no decision had been made on whom Strasburg would replace in the rotation.