Stephen Strasburg is ready for his first big league season without restrictions.
Ready to go from season's start to finish.
Ready to throw as many pitches as it takes and to stay on the mound as long as possible, including into the eighth and ninth inning, something he's never done in the majors.
It all begins Monday, when All-Star ace Strasburg starts the season opener for the defending NL East champion Washington Nationals against a Miami Marlins club that traded away most of its best players, cut its payroll by more than half, starts with seven players on the disabled list and has a rookie manager in Mike Redmond.
''It's going to be a good test for me, obviously,'' Strasburg said about the chance to see what his prized - and surgically repaired - right arm can do without any limits imposed by the Nationals.
''I haven't gone over seven innings yet in my career,'' the 24-year-old Strasburg added. ''I know in the past, when I've been allowed to do that, I feel like my game's go...