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)
Davey reiterated that Stephen Strasburg has 2-3 more starts this season. Said he told Strasburg on plane home "got a few more to go."— Amanda Comak (@acomak) August 30, 2012
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?
Should the Nationals Shutdown Stephen Strasburg?
Yes, they shouldn't risk future injury. (14 votes)
No, keep him going on his regular schedule. (12 votes)
No, limit him down the stretch and start him in the playoffs. (35 votes)
61 total votes