The Nationals announced this evening that Stephen Strasburg -- barring any rainouts, injuries or other unforeseen circumstances -- will make his major-league debut June 8 against the Pirates.
Fans have been anticipating the 21-year-old right-hander's arrival in Washington since he was drafted No. 1 overall last June out of San Diego State. It became clear this spring he would spend the season's first two months in the minor leagues, then most likely make his big-league debut sometime during the Nationals' June 4-10 homestand against the Reds and Pirates. By delaying his arrival until now, the Nats will ensure he cannot become arbitration-eligible until after the 2013 season.
Strasburg, who is 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA in 10 combined starts between Class AA Harrisburg and Class AAA Syracuse, still is slated to make one more minor-league start Thursday in Buffalo. He'll be pitching on regular rest when he starts next Tuesday at Nationals Park against Pittsburgh.