Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) pitches during the sixth inning of a National League wild card baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Nats’ Strasburg back from bullpen, starts Game 2 vs Kershaw

October 03, 2019 - 3:59 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Washington manager Dave Martinez says Stephen Strasburg will start Game 2 of the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Strasburg, who earned the win in relief with three shutout innings in a dramatic NL wild-card victory over Milwaukee, will get the ball on Friday against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.

Strasburg struck out four and walked none on 34 pitches in Tuesday’s elimination game. He made the first relief appearance of his career, taking over for starter Max Scherzer.

The right-hander Strasburg says he’s fully recovered from the wild-card game and ready to go. He was 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA and threw an NL-high 209 innings during the regular season.

By starting Strasburg in Game 2, he’s available to return on normal rest for a potential Game 5 next Wednesday back in Los Angeles.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says with Kershaw going in Game 2, the left-hander would be available to possibly pitch out of the bullpen if Game 5 is necessary.

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