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No. 1 pick Strasburg gets married01/22/2010 9:00 AM ET
By Alden Gonzalez/MLB.com
It turns out there's a very good reason why phenom Stephen Strasburg was absent from the Rookie Career Development Program and is not scheduled to be a part of the Nationals' upcoming Winter Caravan and NatsFest -- the 21-year-old right-hander was recently married.
Strasburg wed Rachel Lackey near his San Diego home a few weeks ago, the club confirmed.
According to The Washington Post, which first reported the nuptials, the wedding occurred on Jan. 9, and Strasburg is currently on his honeymoon at an undisclosed location.
Strasburg didn't attend this weekend's four-day Rookie Career Development Program, an intensive symposium that informed more than 100 of baseball's top prospects about off-the-field life in the Majors. The club instead sent fellow '09 first-rounder Drew Storen, along with Aaron Thompson, Atahualpa Severino and Danny Espinosa.
Strasburg also isn't scheduled to attend the four-day Winter Caravan that will make its way through Washington, D.C.'s, metropolitan area in late January, before concluding with the second annual NatsFest at Nationals Park. Players who will be part of the tour in some fashion are Ryan Zimmerman, Ivan Rodriguez, Nyjer Morgan, Adam Dunn, John Lannan, Josh Willingham, Brian Bruney, Matt Capps, Tyler Clippard, Espinosa, Ryan Speier, Craig Stammen and Storen.
Nationals president Stan Kasten told the Post that Strasburg's wedding and honeymoon had already been scheduled when the team signed him.
"He was really disappointed to miss [NatsFest]," Kasten told the newspaper, "but personal stuff takes precedent, obviously."
Strasburg, represented by agent Scott Boras, signed a record $15.1 million contract with the Nationals in mid-August. He then pitched in the Arizona Fall League, going 4-1 with a 4.26 ERA in five starts.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Bill Ladson contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.