Stephen Strasburg will make his return to Washington Nationals rotation Thursday without any restrictions

MIAMI — Washington Nationals Starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg On Thursday, he will be making his long-awaited return to the injured list and pitch against the Miami Marlins, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday.

Martinez spoke before the series opener. This news came a day after Strasburg's right-handed rehabilitation session.

Martinez stated that Martinez was not going to place any restrictions on Martinez. “We'll see what we can do for him. While we'll be watching him closely, this is why we wanted him go through the same thing and make sure he's ready for whatever comes next.

Strasburg will be opposing Miami's left-hander Trevor Rogers (2-5) In the series finale, less than a month following his first appearance — a minor league outing — since 2021's thoracic outlet surgery.

Strasburg, the 2019 World Series MVP, has pitched a total of 26⅔ major-league innings since the start of the 2020 season. He led the National League with 209 innings in the regular season in Washington's title year, then threw another 36⅓ in the postseason while going 5-0.

Washington gave him a $745 million seven-year contract, before the 2020 season. But he has only made seven appearances since.

On May 24, Strasburg allowed three runs in 2⅔ innings for Class A Fredericksburg. He struck out three and walked four. Martinez stated that the club planned for Strasburg to pitch 60 pitches and work four innings before the game. He was able to complete the game with 61 pitches and 31 strikes. His average speed was 94 mph, which was against the Salem Red Sox.

Washington is 21-35, and last in the NL East.

This report was contributed by The Associated Press.

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