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Stephen Strasburg Could Begin Minor-League Stint Next Week, Likely At Hagerstown

It looks like Stephen Strasburg will soon return to the baseball mound. The Washington Nationals' phenom, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery from last September, could begin his rehabilitation assignment as soon as next week, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

Stephen Strasburg will make his rehab start in a week to 10 days, probably at Hagerstown, Davey says.

This gives further indication that Strasburg is going to return to the majors in September, though there are still plenty of hoops to jump through. Strasburg threw in a three-inning simulated game last week and tweeted that he's looking forward to leaving Viera, Fl. and heading north.

Hagerstown is the Nationals' low Single-A affiliate, and it's the same spot in which Bryce Harper began his professional career. If Strasburg's rehab is as planned, there is speculation that he could replace Jordan Zimmermann in the Nationals' rotation once Zimmermann reached his post-surgery innings limit.