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Nats' Strasburg Makes First Minor League Start Since Surgery

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Stephen Strasburg takes the mound at Hagerstown Municipal Stadium Aug. 7.
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Stephen Strasburg takes the mound at Hagerstown Municipal Stadium Aug. 7.

Washington Nationals' star pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been out of commission since he underwent elbow surgery in September. He's finally ready to start his comeback, and a crowd of fans at a minor league game Sunday got a glimpse of what's to come from the 23-year-old ace.

Strasburg has to work his way through the minors before he's back in the big leagues. A packed Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown, Md. welcomed him back to pro baseball at Sunday's game.

People came from all over to see the young ace pitch for the hometown Hagerstown Suns against the Greensboro Grasshoppers Sunday.

"When we found out he was coming here we made the two-hour trip," said one fan.

And even though it had been nearly a year since Strasburg's last game, expectations were running high.

"I'm sure he's gonna bring it, especially at this level," said another fan.

The 23-year-old did not disappoint. He only played five outs, but four of them were strikeouts. Strasburg did give up a home run, but the standing-room-only crowd didn't seem to mind. They gave him an ovation when he left the game in the second inning.

The only disappointment came from those who wanted to see more of the young star.

"I expected him to go at least three," said one fan.

The Suns ended up losing 7-5, but many fans probably didn't notice. People started flooding to the exits right after Strasburg left the game.

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