Nats Prepare To Send Up Stephen Strasburg By Demoting Craig Stammen

Strasmas is nearly upon us. In preparation for his MLB debut on Tuesday, the Nationals demoted Craig Stammen to AAA-Syracuse, making room for Stephen Strasburg to join the big league club.

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Nationals Demote Craig Stammen, In Place To Promote Strasburg

This event has been long in the making, and it's finally here: Stephen Strasburg, the most heralded prospect in recent baseball history, should be headed to the bigs in short order. MASN's Ben Goessling reports:

Craig Stammen to Syracuse for Strasburg.

That's all we needed to hear. The Nats have put the wheels in motion to commence the Stephen Strasburg Era. We knew this was coming, but we probably wouldn't have guessed that Strasburg would be joining a Nationals squad that, despite technically sitting in the NL East cellar, is playing competitively. It'll be interesting to see whether the addition of Strasburg can push the team over the top.

We should note, though, that this is a terrible trade for Syracuse. Their general manager should be fired!

Read more at our Nationals blog, Federal Baseball.

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Save The Date: Stephen Strasburg To Make MLB Debut June 8

Whatever your plans are for June 8, cancel them: Nationals' pitching sensation Stephen Strasburg will be making his Major League debut that night against the Pirates:

#Nats RHP Stephen Strasburg will make his MLB debut on June 8 against the Bucs, according to GM Mike Rizzo. 

Strasburg's last Triple-A start is slated for June 3. He is expected to throw approximately 95 pitches.

How good has Strasburg, the No. 1 pick in last year's MLB draft, been this season in the minors? About as good as he could possibly be. Strasburg, between the Eastern League (AA) and the International League (AAA), has allowed eight earned runs in 50.1 innings of work for a nifty 1.43 ERA. He has struck out 60 and walked just six in that span. He's allowed just one home run and his WHIP checks in at 0.74.

Will all his stuff translate well to big league hitters? Tune in June 8.

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