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Washington Nationals: 5 Things to Look for in Stephen Strasburg's Return
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Stephen Strasburg will make his long awaited return to the major leagues on Tuesday. The most hyped pitching prospect in the history of baseball has defied belief to return less than a year after Tommy John surgery.

The Nationals drew some criticism from baseball analysts across the country for deciding to bring Strasburg back to the majors at all this season. Washington's motives for rushing Strasburg back were questioned by some who saw the move as a ploy to increase attendance.

Washington Nationals management is obviously not that misguided. Strasburg and the Nats feel he is fully recovered. He has had no major setback on the rehab trail. With the minor league season coming to an end, the only natural step in Strasburg's continued rehab is a few turns in the Washington Nationals starting rotation.

The Nationals will cap Strasburg's innings this season at 50. He has already thrown 20 in the minors. There is less than a month remaining in the season, and Strasburg will make three to four starts from here on out. The innings cap should not be a problem.

The buzz surrounding Stephen Strasburg has not been dulled by Tommy John surgery. It may actually have increased as we anxiously await his return to glory.

The first step in that return has been completed as Strasburg blazed through the minors once again. Step two begins tonight. All eyes will be trained on Stephen Strasburg tonight in the baseball world. Read on for your guide to tonight's start.

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