Activated from the 15-day disabled list just prior to the Washington Nationals game against the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, starter Stephen Strasburg took no time to prove he's still among the game's best. The ace recorded 6.2 innings of no-hit baseball against the Reds before Dusty Baker had to pull him after he accumulated 109 pithces.
It's a shame that Strasburg couldn't attempt to finish what he started, but the Nationals have a bigger picture to look at here. Not only is the team looking to earn a trip to the World Series, it has to be careful with the injury-prone Strasburg.
The 27-year-old starter had not pitched since June 15th with a back injury.
Following Sunday's performance, Strasburg now boasts an 11-0 record with a 2.71 ERA and 1.03 WHIP this season. He's among the favorites for the NL Cy Young, so keeping him healthy for the remainder of the season has to be Washington's primary goal.