(Stephen Strasburg still has a few things to work on in AAA. *wink* *wink*. Photo by AP via Daylife.)
"What more can we ask him to do in the minor leagues that he can't do in the major leagues?"
(Mike Rizzo, on Drew Storen, via Nationals Journal, 5/18/2010)
This much we know: tonight's rainout in Rochester gives Strasburg an extra day of rest; pushes everything up by one day. Strasburg will pitch the second game of tomorrow's day-night doubleheader for the Chiefs, then Monday May 24 vs. Toledo instead of Sunday, followed by a Saturday May 29 start vs. Scranton W/B at home in 'Cuse. And then?
Does tonight's rainout make it less likely the team will give him another extra day of rest, which would now be required to line him up for a debut in Washington on June 4? We think yes. But Dave Sheinin says things are still lined up perfectly for a June 4 debut. Now we're confused.
We're thinking Rizzo keeps him on a strict 5-day track from here -- meaning one additional AAA start on the road in Buffalo June 3, lining up his debut with the Nationals at home on June 8.