Jul 27, 2015, 2:39 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg will begin a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in what amounts to a significant step in his recovery from a strained left oblique.
The Nationals’ right-hander threw 51 pitches in a simulated game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Friday. He was placed on the disabled list on July 5 after being removed from the team’s July 4 game against the San Francisco Giants.
Strasburg has a 5.16 ERA through 13 starts this season. He has dealt with a variety of minor injuries dating back to spring training that have affected his left ankle, left trapezius muscle and left oblique. This is Strasburg’s second minor league rehab assignment of the season. He did not go through Syracuse the other time.
Strasburg last pitched for the Chiefs back in 2011 when he was working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He also made six starts for them in 2010 when he was a prospect prior to his MLB debut.
Syracuse will host the Buffalo Bisons on Wednesday.
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