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Stephen Strasburg allows 1 hit over 6 shutout innings, strikes out 4 in Double-A rehab start
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ' Stephen Strasburg allowed one hit over six shutout innings Thursday night for Double-A Harrisburg in what was expected to be his final minor league rehab start before he returns to the Washington Nationals.
Featuring a fastball that hit 99 mph, the No. 1 pick from the 2009 draft left with Harrisburg leading Portland 9-0. He struck out four and threw 70 pitches, 53 for strikes.
Dan Butler had the only hit off Strasburg, a leadoff double to left in the sixth. The right-hander helped himself with his glove on the next play, fielding a comebacker and catching Butler wandering too far off second to start a rundown for an out.
It was Strasburg's sixth rehab appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.