You can expect a sold-out crowd in Washington on Sept. 6, as Stephen Strasburg will be making his 2011 debut against the Dodgers, provided he experiences no setbacks in his next rehab start.
Strasburg is making his sixth and final rehab start in Double-A on Thursday. So far, Strasburg has made five rehab starts in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, posting a 5.02 ERA across three levels and is coming off allowing one run in five innings for Triple-A.
Assuming the Nationals keep Strasburg on schedule he'll make three straight home starts on Sept. 6, 11 and 16 before his first road start in Philadelphia on the 21st.
By the way, Strasburg will get his first chance to be Bryce Harper's teammate on Thursday, as Harper is currently assigned to the Double-A team. Harper won't play as he's currently on the disabled list, but it won't be the last time Strasburg and Harper will be teammates, as Harper is expected to debut in the majors at some point next season.