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Strasburg strong in second rehab start

Aug 3, 2015, 9:05 PM EDT

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Stephen Strasburg completed his second minor league rehab game on Monday night with Triple-A Syracuse, as he continues his road back from a strained left oblique muscle.

Strasburg threw 85 pitches in 5 2/3 innings of work with two earned runs allowed on five hits, 11 strikeouts and no walks against the Pawtucket Red Sox. Pawtucket’s lineup featured several players with big league experience including Jemile Weeks, Allen Craig and former Nats’ catcher Sandy Leon.

Strasburg began his rehab assignment on July 29 with Syracuse. That day he allowed three earned runs in four innings on 64 total pitches. After working up to 85 pitches, he could be ready to rejoin the Nats’ rotation for his next outing.

Strasburg has been on the disabled list since July 5. He left the Nationals’ game the day before against the San Francisco Giants after feeling discomfort in his side.

Strasburg is 5-5 with a 5.16 ERA in 13 starts this season. He has dealt with several injuries this year dating back to spring training including a left ankle sprain, left trapezius strain and a left oblique strain.

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