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Wire Taps: Stephen Strasburg likely to return against San Diego; Ryan Zimmerman’s dropoff; Are Nationals’ two-hitters getting fastballs?

It’s a 1:05 PM EDT start this afternoon in the nation’s capital, so catch up on your links quickly and get ready for day baseball in D.C.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Washington Nationals Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Okay. Not a bad day, right? Stephen Strasburg is coming back soon, Trea Turner and Jayson Werth are recovering well — anything else go right?

Here’s the news from Nats Park.

Stephen Strasburg likely to return in San Diego, A.J. Cole sent back to Syracuse
Stephen Strasburg could make his return to the majors in his hometown of San Diego after a DL stint that lasted less than a month but has felt like a year. (Oh, and yeah, Trea Turner is hitting on the field again.)

The Nats' relationship with the rain has been a slippery slope
The Nats are bad at relaying information about delays, both to players and fans, and deciding on when to play and when to halt the game. There's gotta be a better way, right?

Ryan Zimmerman among worse dropoffs in majors
Everyone knew that Ryan Zimmerman wouldn't keep up his Bondsian pace, but many hoped that he'd be kind of close to it. As it turns out, they were hoping for too much.

*If* the Nats make the World Series, we could see a D.C. Sports equinox like we’ve never seen
The Redskins, Capitals, and Wizards are all scheduled to play on October 28th. If the Nats can make it to Game 5 of the World Series, they'll be on TV, too.

Are the Nats' two-hitters seeing more fastballs?
Dusty Baker has said that younger players, especially ahead of someone like Bryce Harper or Anthony Rendon, will see more fastballs than your run-of-the-mill two-hitter. Is that true?

Today’s Game: Angels vs Nationals — 1:05 PM
Probable Pitchers: Ricky Nolasco vs Tanner Roark