Strasburg slated for final rehab start Thursday

Strasburg slated for final rehab start Thursday

CINCINNATI -- After submitting a dominating performance on Saturday, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to throw his final Minor League game for Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday before making his Nationals season debut at home on Tuesday.

The Nationals have said they prefer Strasburg to pitch only in home games during his rehab starts, so with Triple-A Syracuse on the road Thursday, Double-A Harrisburg will be the location for the phenom's next outing. He will likely throw 75 to 80 pitches, or six innings.

Strasburg is expected to make his season debut with the Nationals at home against the Dodgers on Tuesday night. He has missed the entire regular season thus far while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

In Saturday's contest for Syracuse, Strasburg was dominant, throwing five perfect innings before allowing two singles to open the sixth against Rochester at Syracuse's Alliance Bank Stadium.

Strasburg, who was charged with one run in five-plus innings, received a no-decision. He also had seven strikeouts in the contest.