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Strasburg To Start For Nats On September 6

Washington manager Davey Johnson on Tuesday confirmed plans for Stephen Strasburg to make his first 2011 start for the Nationals on Sept. 6 against the Dodgers

Strasburg will start for Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday. It is expected to be his final rehab appearance in his comeback from Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

"I've got a spot open for him," Johnson said.

Via ESPN.com

Several Players Approaching 30/30 Club

With a little less than a month left in the regular season, there are a number of players approaching the 30/30 club.

There were no new members of the club last season, the first time that has happened since 1986.

Ryan Braun, Curtis Granderson, Jacoby Ellsbury and Ian Kinsler are all within range of the accomplishment.

Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has already joined the club.

Via MLB.com

Ethier Returns After Meeting Over Knee

Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier returned to the starting lineup on Monday night, one day after meeting privately with manager Don Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti.

Ethier met with Mattingly and Colletti to clear the air in the wake of comments the outfielder made that seemed to imply he was being forced to play through a knee injury against his wishes.

He later backtracked on those comments, saying he was the one whose decision it was to keep playing. Ethier will likely require offseason surgery.

After reinserting Ethier into the lineup on Monday, Mattingly said that isn't a concern.

"We're not going to do any damage to it," Mattingly said. "We're not taking a chance at tearing any ligaments."

Via Tony Jackson/ESPN.com

Ethier Meets With Mattingly, GM About Knee

Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier met with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Sunday morning for further examination on his right knee.

Ethier has experienced gradually increasing discomfort over the past two years and will probably undergo minor surgery after the season.

Before meeting with Dr. ElAttrache, Ethier sat down with manager Don Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti to address comments the right fielder made in Sunday's editions of the Los Angeles Times.

Ethier seemed to imply that Mattingly was playing him against his wishes despite the knee pain.

"I got kind of blindsided by that (column)," Mattingly said. "To me, the way I read it was that Dre has been telling us he couldn't play and we said play anyway. That definitely isn't the case. For me, that is taking a shot at my integrity. Not just mine, but the organization, the training staff and Ned.

"His knee has been banged up, there is no denying that. But with that, we check with him. 'Are you OK today?' There have been times when I will get him in the weight room after a game and say, 'I'm giving you the day off tomorrow,' and then he'll come into my office and say he wants to (play)."

Via Tony Jackson/ESPN.com

Matt Kemp Reaches 30/30 Plateau

Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp became the first major league player in two years to reach the 30-home run/30-stolen base plateau.

Kemp reached the mark when he homered over the center-field wall off Rockies reliever Matt Reynolds in the seventh inning on Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

He also became just the second player in Dodgers franchise history to do it, joining former outfielder Raul Mondesi, who went 30/30 in both 1997 and 1999.

"This is something I worked hard for in the offseason," Kemp said. "Raul Mondesi was a great Dodger, and that is a big part of this. It's pretty special. To do it here at home, that makes it more special."

Via Tony Jackson/ESPN.com

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