Strasburg fans 7 in 5 innings of rehab start

By the Associated Press | August 27, 2011 | 9:05 PM EDT

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out seven in five innings, giving up one earned run on two hits in a rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday night.

It was Strasburg's fifth minor league appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. The right-hander threw every pitch in his arsenal, displaying a fastball that registered as high as 98 mph, while mixing in a devastating curveball to go along with his changeup.

It was an overpowering start against the Rochester Redwings, as Strasburg threw 64 pitches with 47 strikes. He didn't issue a walk, and didn't even allow a fly-ball out until the fifth inning.