Strasburg set for Instructional League

Updated: September 15, 2009, 10:24 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg is set to start pitching in the Florida Instructional League, a month after the No. 1 pick in the draft signed with the Washington Nationals.

As expected, the Nationals announced Tuesday that Strasburg will report to the team's training complex in Viera, Fla., on Friday. The first game in the instructional league is Sept. 24 and the season runs through Oct. 13. The Nationals also plan to have Strasburg pitch in the Arizona Fall League.

Since agreeing to a four-year, $15.1 million contract, Strasburg has been building up his arm in workout sessions in Florida and Washington.

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