On road back to Washington Nationals, Stephen Strasburg allows three runs in rehab start

Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg allowed three runs in 2⅔ innings for Class A Fredericksburg Tuesday night during his first rehabilitation appearance since undergoing thoracic outlet surgery last year.

The veteran right-hander struck out three batters while walking four. Earlier in the week, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said the club was planning for Strasburg to work four innings and throw 60-plus pitches. He finished with 61 pitches, including 31 strikes, and topped out at 94 mph against the Salem Red Sox.

Strasburg, the 2019 World Series MVP, has pitched a total of 26⅔ innings since the start of the 2020 season. He led the NL with 209 innings in the regular season in Washington's title year, then threw another 36⅓ in the postseason while going 5-0.

Washington rewarded him with a $245 million, seven-year contract before the 2020 season, but he has made a total of seven starts since.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.