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Stephen Strasburg Making 2011 Debut

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After missing the entire season recovering from "Tommy John" surgery, Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg is poised to start Tuesday.
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After missing the entire season recovering from "Tommy John" surgery, Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg is poised to start Tuesday.

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.

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