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:
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?