Nationals activate Stephen Strasburg from DL, option Xavier Cedeno to minors

Greg Fiume

Strasburg had been out with a mild back strain, but has been activated on his first day of eligibility and will start Sunday.

The Washington Nationals reinstated Stephen Strasburg from the disabled list Sunday, the team announced on Twitter. The ace right hander has been on the DL retroactive to June 1 due to a lat strain.

Additionally, the Nationals have optioned Xavier Cedeno back to the minors to create roster room for Strasburg. Cedeno pitched twice in relief for Washington without allowing a run.

Strasburg, 24, will start Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians. Manager Davey Johnson has said that the pitcher would not face a strict pitch count upon his return. Team doctors cleared Strasburg medically on Thursday after he threw a bullpen session without any lingering issues. Sunday is the earliest he was eligible to be activated from the DL.

Strasburg posted a 2.54 ERA with a 73:21 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 74.1 innings before the injury shut him down in early June. He has been a key component to a strong starting pitching staff in Washington that saw Ross Detwiler also return earlier this week.

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