Yup, Stephen Strasburg is ready to return to the majors. The Washington Nationals' phenom was even more dominant than usual in his final rehab start for Double-A Harrisburg, firing six scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. It was the clearest sign that he is fully recovered from last September's Tommy John surgery.
Strasburg, pitching against the Portland Sea Dogs, made quick work of all his opponents until the sixth inning. He retired the first 14 batters in order, striking out three before allowing the 15th hitter to reach on a hit-by-pitch. He allowed a leadoff double in the sixth inning, but was able to get out of the jam with a strikeout and a lineout. All in all, he threw 71 pitches, 55 for strikes.
Strasburg is expected to make his return to the Nationals on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Nationals Park.
For more on Strasburg's rehab start, visit Federal Baseball.