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Stephen Strasburg to be on an innings limit in 2012

Sep 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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A couple of weeks ago Stephen Strasburg said that he just wanted to be normal. One of the guys. To take his starts out from under the microscope and have them just sort of blend into the flow of the season.  I presume he’ll get there one day, but for 2012, it seems, he’s still going to be something of a special case, as the Nationals have decided to put him on an innings limit.

Which is smart, by the way, even if it will lead to a lot of talk about whether the Nats are using him optimally and all of that. Talk which will be especially acute if, as many suspect, the Nats play a bigger role in the playoff chase next year.

But the thing is, they stand a great chance of making serious noise in the NL East beyond 2012 as well, and to that end it makes all kinds of sense to make sure that his reconstructed elbow builds to proper strength and endurance. So yeah, cut him off at 150-160 innings or so and then, in 2013, show the rest of the league the fully armed and operational Stephen Strasburg.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    “the fully armed and operation Stephen Strasburg.”

    No, no, no, you’re doing it all WRONG. It’s:

    #Palpatine voice: “The fully ARMED and OPERRAATIONAALL Stephen Strasburg…”

  2. Francisco (FC) - Sep 26, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    If only LIFE had an edit function….

  3. natstowngreg - Sep 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    An innings limit in the first full season post-TJS isn’t unusual. Jordan Zimmermann had one this season.

    It could create a dilemma if the Nats are contending into September and Strasburg reaches his innings limit. That would be a nice dilemma.

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