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Nationals make Sept. 12 the Stephen Strasburg shutdown date

Sep 2, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

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Despite their placement atop the NL East standings, the Nationals announced after Sunday’s game that Stephen Strasburg will make two more starts and then get shut down for the rest of the season.

Strasburg, who struck out nine over six scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Sunday, will pitch Friday at home versus the Marlins and then on Sept. 12 on the road against the Mets before calling it a season.

The thinking prior to Opening Day was that Strasburg would be shut down after reaching 160 innings, but the Nationals have decided to let him get closer to 170 in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. He’s at 156 1/3 innings after throwing six innings today.

Strasburg currently leads the National League with 195 strikeouts and is 15-6 with a 2.94 ERA. John Lannan is expected to take his spot in the rotation. If the Nationals advance to the playoffs — they lead the Braves in the East by seven games at the moment — they’ll likely go with a top three of Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Edwin Jackson in some order, with either Ross Detwiler or Lannan in the fourth spot.

  1. dkphilly1122 - Sep 3, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    The Nats have fans?? Where we’re they the past 5 years we ran their stadium?? Shutting Stras down is plain DUMB. I don’t care what any “Nat’s Fan” says to defend against shutting one of the leagues best pitchers down, especially considering when was the last time they made the playoffs?? The Nats are a good team with a Horrible fan base, it’s pathetic actually. I love the people who keep saying shutting down Strasburg is smart so he can be around for 10-15 more years, good luck with that. He throws hard, he won’t be around that long throwing that hard. Let alone with the Nats to even care than. Go for a ring now cause there’s never a guarantee they’ll even be there again. Check the last 5 years out.

    • nolanwiffle - Sep 4, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      “….we ran their stadium”. Can you explain that one to me? Is there a fanbase more ridiculous than Philadelphians?

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