The Washington Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and placed second baseman Dan Uggla on the 15-day disabled list with back spasms. Strasburg will start Saturday night vs. the Colorado Rockies. President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Strasburg, 27, is 5-5 with a 5.16 ERA in 13 Major League starts this season. The right-hander, who is returning from a left oblique strain, was previously reinstated from the DL (neck) on June 23. In the three starts between his DL stints, Strasburg was 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 15.2 innings of work.
In two rehab starts with Triple-A Syracuse, Strasburg went 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA. In his final rehab outing, Strasburg picked up the win with 5.2 innings of two-run ball in which he struck out 11 Pawtucket Red Sox batters.
Uggla, 35, is 21-for-110 (.191) this season, largely coming off the bench for the Nationals. Seven of the veteran infielder's 21 hits this season have gone for extra bases (four doubles, two triples, one home run), and he is 17-for-74 with two doubles, two triples, a home run, 13 RBI and 12 walks in his last 87 plate appearances.