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GM: 'Unlikely' Strasburg will be called up

Updated: August 18, 2009, 10:05 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Long-standing Washington Nationals "face of the franchise" Ryan Zimmerman was in the home clubhouse before Tuesday's game, fielding question after question about newly signed No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg.

A few feet away, wisecracking teammate Josh Bard yelled over: "Did you hear? Strasburg's going to start tomorrow. And he's throwing every game the rest of the homestand."

Moving the joke along, Zimmerman replied: "Yeah, he's going to start and close."

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