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Bill Ladson

Strasburg likely to need one more rehab start

Strasburg likely to need one more rehab start

MIAMI -- The Nationals are planning another rehab start next week for right-hander Stephen Strasburg, who struck out five and allowed three runs on four hits over four innings for Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday night.

Strasburg, on the disabled list with a left oblique strain, is expected to pitch five innings next week before returning to the Nationals' rotation, according to manager Matt Williams.

"Once he gets to that five-inning mark, I think he will be good," Williams said.

Strasburg injured his oblique in a start against the Giants on July 4. In that start, the right-hander cruised for 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit and striking out three, but after inducing a groundout from Buster Posey for the second out of the fourth inning, Strasburg grabbed his left side. He exited the game shortly afterward.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.