VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Stephen Strasburg has made his debut as a professional pitcher for the Washington Nationals.
The 21-year-old right-hander allowed one run and three hits in two innings, striking out two Monday during an Instructional League game against Detroit.
He threw 19 of 25 pitches for strikes in his first game action since signing a record $15.1 million, four-year contract as the No. 1 pick in June's amateur draft.
Strasburg had not thrown competitively since his final game for San Diego State in the NCAA Regionals on May 29. He reported to Viera last month and has been working on building up arm strength.
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