Strasburg's Return To DC A Success

Stephen Strasburg made his first start in more than a year on Tuesday night. And from the looks of things, the right-hander isn't far from where he left off.

Stephen Strasburg, who had Tommy John surgery last year after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament in Philadelphia last August, threw five shutout innings in his first start of the year, allowing just two hits against the Dodgers in a no-decision.

He needed just 56 pitches, 40 of them strikes, to get through his start against the Dodgers, which was originally slated to last four innings. But manager Davey Johnson sent Strasburg back out for a fifth inning after he cruised through the first four.

Strasburg, who was the talk of baseball in his rookie season last year, struck out four batters and hit 99 mph on the radar gun. He will start again on Sunday against the Astros, but he looks to be well on his way to regaining his form.

"It's in the books," Strasburg said. "I can't sit here and think about how well it went for the next four or five days. Tomorrow is Day 1 of getting ready to get back out there."

Nats Notes

--RHP Brad Peacock was called up from Class AAA Syracuse (N.Y.) on Tuesday and made his major league debut in the sixth inning of the Nationals' game against the Dodgers. Manager Davey Johnson said he wasn't planning to put Peacock in the game in the middle of an inning, but he brought Peacock in with two runners on. He gave up one run on four hits in 1 1/3 innings and allowed two inherited runners to score.

--INF Stephen Lombardozzi was called up from Class AAA Syracuse (N.Y.) on Tuesday and drew a walk in a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth inning of the Nationals' game against the Dodgers. Manager Davey Johnson said he would play the middle infield prospect at both second base and shortstop, after giving him a couple days off to rest following the minor league season.

--RHP Garrett Mock was designated for assignment as the Nationals cleared room for their latest batch of September call-ups. Mock, who started the 2010 season in the Nationals' rotation, was one of the first cuts out of major league camp this spring and spent an injury-filled year in the minors.

--2B Danny Espinosa went 0-for-4 with three more strikeouts on Tuesday, extending his strikeout streak to seven consecutive at-bats before grounding out to second in his final at-bat of the night. Espinosa has struck out 18 times in his last 10 games.

--OF Corey Brown made his major league debut after being called up from Class AAA Syracuse (N.Y.). Brown pinch hit in the ninth inning of the Nationals' loss to the Dodgers, flying out to left field with the bases loaded to end the game.

BY THE NUMBERS: 4 -- Nationals players to make their major league debut on Tuesday night. Brad Peacock, Atahualpa Severino, Stephen Lombardozzi and Corey Brown, who all had just been called up from Class AAA Syracuse (N.Y.), all saw their first big-league action after the start of the sixth inning against the Dodgers.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's not like I was waiting 368 days for this. I'm still on a mission here. I wanted to get stronger, mentally and physically, through this process. I had something new that I wanted to work on every single day. I didn't waste a minute waiting for this time to come." -- RHP Stephen Strasburg, on his first major league start since having Tommy John surgery last Sept. 3. Strasburg threw five shutout innings in a loss to the Dodgers.

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