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Strasburg to take mound next month

Strasburg to take mound next month

WASHINGTON -- The wait is almost over.

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, will pitch in two Instructional League games next month.

His first outing will be against the Tigers on Oct. 5 in Viera, Fla., and then he will go on the mound again five days later against the Astros in Kissimmee, Fla. In both starts, Strasburg will be limited in how many pitches he throws.

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General manager Mike Rizzo and team president Stan Kasten were not available for comment.

After the two outings, Strasburg will then head to Phoenix to play in the Arizona Fall League.

Strasburg, 21, went 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA in 15 starts this season at San Diego State University en route to being named the Golden Spikes Award winner. He struck out 195 batters and issued just 19 walks in 109 innings.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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