Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is set to make a long-awaited return to the mound tonight at Nationals Park.
Strasburg struck out 14 in his major league debut last summer, but only pitched in 12 games before a torn ligament in his throwing arm cut short his rookie season and led to so-called "Tommy John" surgery to replace the ligament with a tendon taken from his leg. Strasburg spent much of the last year going through rehab, hoping to get back to his pre-injury form.
Now, after several minor league starts, Strasburg's major-league return is set for tonight, if the weather cooperates.
He'll ease back in though. Team management has said they plan to limit Strasburg to 60 pitches or 4 innings, whichever comes first.