MLB — 14 August 2012
Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg Will Not Pitch in the Playoffs

The Washington Nationals have been a great story this year. They’ve come out of nowhere to own baseball’s best record and best pitching staff as well. They seem primed for a World Series run.

But hold on just a second. Coming off of Tommy John surgery, ace Stephen Strasburg has been on a strict 160 inning pitch limit this season. And as we approach the post-season, it is sounding more and more that he will not be on the active roster.

It’s a tough call because he’s so young and he has his entire career ahead of him and they don’t want to over-exert him. But on the other hand, they are not guaranteed to ever be in this position again. If it were up to me, I’d probably roll the dice and let it ride.

It was reported on Friday that Stephen Strasburg‘s new innings limit for the season is 180.  Bill Ladson of MLB.com has a source telling him that that is not accurate, and that there is not necessarily a magic number of innings. Rather:

The Nationals are expected to have right-hander Stephen Strasburg miss two or three regular-season starts, according to a baseball source.

Well enough. But here’s the jaw-dropper:

The same source went so far as to say Strasburg will not pitch in the postseason once he is shut down.

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