(WOODBRIDGE, VA)Stephen Strasburg will pitch for the Potomac Nationals on tonight Woodbridge, VA, and the game has been sold out. The former top pick in the 2009 Amateur Draft will make his second rehab start since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September, and will lead the Nationals against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the opener of a three-game series.
The gates to Pfitzner Stadium will open at 5 P.M., and the first 2,000 fans through the gate with a ticket will receive a free souvenir numbered raffle ticket for a chance to win Strasburg's game-worn autographed jersey.
Strasburg, who struck out 92 in 12 starts in 2010, including 14 in his electrifying Major League debut, posted a 2.91 ERA in his first season with the Washington Nationals. He walked 17 and allowed only 56 hits in 68 innings en route to a 5-3 record.
The righthander made his first rehab appearance on Sunday for the Hagerstown Suns. He allowed one earned run on three hits over an inning and two thirds and tossed 31 pitches, 25 of which were strikes.
Friday night is also Ian Desmond Bobblehead night at Pfitzner Stadium: the first 1,000 fans through the gates will get a fantastic collectible that honors the former Potomac great and current Washington shortstop, sponsored by Dave Stinson's GEICO office.
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