Shutdown of Stephen Strasburg is hot D.C. topic | Baseball Notebook
The Nationals' impending shutdown of star pitcher Stephen Strasburg is the great inside-the-beltway debate, bigger even than politics or the Washington Redskins.
WASHINGTON — Chipper Jones knows that a World Series title comes along, at least in his case, once in a very long career. He got his with the Atlanta Braves at age 23.
He was a year younger than Washington's Stephen Strasburg.
"If I was sitting over in that clubhouse," Jones said, "I would hate to squander this opportunity."
The Nationals' impending shutdown of Strasburg is the great inside-the-beltway debate. It eats at Washingtonians who finally have a chance for baseball glory — the city's last World Series title came in 1924 — but don't want to see the franchise risk the health of its prime jewel.
Strasburg is 15-5 with a 2.85 earned-run average and leads the National League with 183 strikeouts. But this is his first full season since elbow ligament-replacement surgery, and the Nationals have made it clear that they will limit his workload.
Manager Davey Johnson said Strasburg will miss the final two or three starts of the regular season. That would give the right-hander perhaps five more starts, ending his season about Sept. 19 in the neighborhood of 170-180 innings.
General manager Mike Rizzo has been more coy. He said the Nationals, using the best medical advice available, will shut down Strasburg at some point, but won't divulge a timetable or a targeted number of innings.
"We've got a plan in place," Rizzo said. "And we're adhering to it."
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