Nats' RHP Strasburg will make rehab start Monday

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(TSX / STATS) -- Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is expected to start a rehab assignment Monday.

Strasburg, who has been on the disabled list since July 27 with a nerve impingement in his right elbow, told reporters Saturday that he will make a start Monday at Class A Potomac.

The 29-year-old Strasburg threw 57 pitches in a simulated game on Wednesday and said the elbow "feels really good." Nationals pitching coach Mike Maddux said Saturday that Strasburg is slated for five innings or 75 pitches Monday.

Strasburg (10-3, 3.25 ERA) has been sidelined since pitched two scoreless innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 23. He went on the disabled list four days later.

The No. 1 overall draft pick by Washington in 2009, Strasburg has a lengthy list of problems dating to his rookie campaign in 2010. He tore an elbow ligament that season and needed Tommy John surgery that kept him out for all but five games in 2011.

Strasburg was on the disabled list four times during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, and was limited to 19 starts last season by a sore right elbow and an upper back strain.

Washington entered play Saturday with a 68-45 record and a 14 1/2-game lead over second-place Miami in the National League East.

Updated August 12, 2017