Should the Nationals Shutdown Stephen Strasburg?

PHOENIX - AUGUST 04: (FILE PHOTO) Pitcher Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals sits in the dugout during the Major League Baseball game against the According to reports August 26 2010 Strasburg has a torn ligament that will require Tommy John elbow surgery. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson told reporters, including Amanda Comak of the Washington Times, that right-hander Stephen Strasburg has two-or-three more starts left this season:

Johnson told Strasburg that the ace has "got a few more to go" before being shut down for the season.

After undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2010, Strasburg was limited to forty-four and one-third innings last season between the minors and majors. As a result, the Nationals announced this spring that they would be monitoring the 24-year-old’s innings so as to curtail the risk of future injuries.

Washington never announced a hard limit on Strasburg, but it was estimated to be in the 140-160 range. Following his most recent start, Strasburg has now reached 150 and one-third innings on the year. He’s posted an ERA of 3.05 with 11.1 SO/9 and 2.6 BB/9.

The talk of shutting Strasburg down has caused quite a stir around baseball circles and specifically the Nationals’ fan base. With Washington currently owning the second-best record in baseball, how do you think the club should handle their ace?

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