Right-hander Stephen Strasburg has been cleared to return to the Nationals rotation on Saturday, reports Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. He had been sidelined since September 9 with forearm tightness.
Strasburg, 25, was originally scheduled to start on Thursday, but his start was pushed back when he had trouble getting loose during a throwing session on Wednesday. He threw off flat ground on Friday and everything went well.
In 28 starts this season, Strasburg has gone 7-9 despite excellent rate stats: 2.96 ERA (128 ERA+), 1.04 WHIP, 9.6 K/9 and 3.48 K/BB. He's thrown a career-high 170 innings after controversially being shut down at 159 1/3 innings in 2012.
The Nationals come into Friday five games behind the Reds for the second wild-card spot with nine games remaining. The Braves will clinch the NL East title with their next win or Washington's next loss.