Stephen Strasburg's third rehab start did not go well, to say the least. The Nationals' phenom, returning to low-Single-A Harrisburg after pitching in Potomac, was lit up by Lexington, departing after just one and two-thirds innings.
Overall, Strasburg surrendered five runs on four hits with two walks and one wild pitch in that span. Twenty-nine of Strasburg's pitches were strikes, but only a few were swings and misses. Most were either fouled or hit. Strasburg did strike out three hitters, but also allowed the first four runners to reach base and threw a total of 33 strikes in the first inning.
It remains unclear whether this is a legitimate setback for Strasburg or it's just a bad start. The latter seems more likely, seeing as Strasburg appears to be healthy even after getting lit up. It remains to be seen what happens next for the young phenom still recovering from Tommy John surgery.