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When will Stephen Strasburg return to Nationals rotation this season?

We’ve got the latest updates for Stephen Strasburg and when he’ll return in 2023.

MLB: Washington Nationals at Miami Marlins Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg is coming off a season where he made just one start before being shut down for the season, and it’s unclear what his status is for 2023.

Strasburg is in his 14th season, all of which have come with the Nationals, and made just eight combined MLB starts over the last three seasons. It’s tough to know how effective Strasburg will be when he’s back on the mound considering how much time he has missed in recent seasons.

In his last full season, Strasburg made 33 starts with a 3.32 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over 209 innings of work in 2019.

Stephen Strasburg injury update

June 3 Update: We have made it through the first two months of the season, and Strasburg's return timeline is still uncertain. He has reportedly been dealing with severe nerve damage and is shut down from physical activity for the foreseeable future. He is eligible to return from IL whenever he is healthy, but having to start a throwing program from the ground up, it is likely we won’t see Strasburg back until July at the earlier and that is likely generous.

Strasburg suffered a setback in mid-February with a nerve issue in his recovery from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. There is no timetable for when Strasburg will be back on the mound for Washington, but a return does not appear to be coming anytime soon.