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Skin Blues wrote:He'd be at 160 IP if he skipped April and pitched the rest of the season. More than enough to pitch a full season in 2013 according to the pseudoscience theyr'e using. If they miss the playoffs and they want him to throw more than 160 innings, it's pretty easy to have him pitch in the Arizona Fall League (starts immediately after the regular season finishes) to rack up extra innings. The idea that intentially putting additional innings onto a pitcher's arm will make him healthier is another ridiculous notion, but I digress.
ayebatter wrote:I gotta admit, after reading this drivel, I'm now rooting for the Nats to have a total collapse and fall completely out of the playoffs.
The questions about when the Washington Nationals would shut down their star pitcher Stephen Strasburg were answered by manager Davey Johnson on Saturday morning.
After recovering from Tommy John surgery that put him on an innings count and would ultimately decide when his season was over to ensure no further damage to the elbow, Strasburg returned to elite form for most of 2012.
The Nationals ace has managed an impressive 15-6 record this season with an even more impressive ERA of 3.16, but Strasburg was forced out of the team’s last game after letting up five runs in three innings.
While some took this as a sign that the organization would further the innings count for the young star, it solidified the club’s decision to stop the season where it was and allow Strasburg ample time to rest his arm and get ready for 2013.
The Nationals are in the midst of a push for the postseason, but the organization is doing the right thing for their young star by shutting him down for the remainder of the season.
Washington will be better off having the star healthy over the next 10 years instead of pushing its luck and ruining the young man’s career.
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