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Report: Strasburg to be shut down

Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:32 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 9:54 am
Stephen Strasburg
Nationals rookie pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg will have another MRI on Thursday, but according to Jon Heyman of, the results won't affect the rest of his season. Strasburg is done.

Heyman says the Nationals are expected to shut Strasburg down for the season. He is on the disabled list for the second time, with what is being called a strained flexor tendon in his forearm. He had an MRI on Sunday, but the team wants another one to get a better idea of the extent of the injury. His previous DL trip was for shoulder inflammation.

So much for all the talk about Strasburg's innings limit -- he'd finish with just 68 innings. The Nationals hate shutting down their golden goose, but with no present and a promising future, they really don't have any choice.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2010 12:25 pm

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

Prediction: he will not hold up over a full season as a SP.  He will eventually become a closer if he doesn't blow out before then.

Since: Mar 21, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:56 am

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

This is a good move by the Washington Nationals in shutting Stephen Strasburg down for the remainder of the season. The Nationals are not going to the postseason this year and so there is no need in further risking his future. Let him spend the next 5 to 6 months resting his arm, letting it heal, and building his arm strength to handle the rigors of pitching in the majors so that he will be in top form and raring to go when pitchers & catchers report for Spring Training in the middle or end of February.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:49 am

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

They did not bring Strasburg up late in the season.  He was promoted to the big club in June.  The results from the games he has pitched so far show that he was not rushed to the big club; he is definitely ready to pitch in the major leagues.  That is not risking his arm or his future.  They have not overworked him (he has thrown less than 70 innings.)  Shutting him down for the rest of this season, however, is the right thing to do.  This is his second stint on the Disabled List; the first for his pitching shoulder and now for the forearm on his pitching arm.  I am not a Nationals fan, but watching this kid pitch is special, and it will be for a long time.

Since: Aug 26, 2010
Posted on: August 26, 2010 11:32 am

Report: Strasburg to be shut down


You really think that would be the Cubs rotation today, in 2010 had Dusty not worked them to the ground?  Would it have even been their rotation in 2006?  I can't think of a more illogical conclusion - they would have never signed or acquired any of those guys if Wood and Prior were healthy and kicking in their prime. 

Imagine if they never let Maddux go?  Guy pitched in his prime before any of those guys were in the majors.  What are you talking about? 

On Stras:
There was never a debate whether Strasburg would be up this year.  The money they save is negligible...and he helped them win games.  Not to mention having him pitch against AAA players was a waste of his time and development.  Guy needed big league experience.

Since: Sep 29, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:46 am

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

The kid was ready for the majors & bringing him up def wasn't a bad idea. If they held Strasburg back, maybe Bryce Harper wouldn't have signed.  Shutting him down now seems like a smart move though.  He's too valueable, not only to the Nats, but to the game itself as well, to risk further injury. 

Hate to do this(kinda), but imagine the Cubs rotation if they'd been more careful w/ Wood & Prior (& Z wasn't a lunatic)...


Wow, could've been the best staff in the game & dominated for a decade, but Dusty threw Wood & Prior into the ground (& Z's a lunatic). 

Now imagine if the never let Maddux go...

God DAMN, I'm glad I'm a Sox fan!

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:16 am

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

It was a real bad move to bring this guy up so late in the season. The team already was going nowhere so why the rush? Should have waited until next season. Trade Dunn and pick up a couple pitchers in the offseason then come back with a more solid pitching rotation. But no they risked this kids arm and future just to garner some attention and make a few bucks extra.

Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:04 am

Report: Strasburg to be shut down

I live rreal close to Syracuse, and you don't see too many guys of his caliber come to town.  It's real sad to see this guy have to hang it up for the year.  The Nationals have been extremely careful in limiting him and keeping him on a good schedule, but you never know when an injury can strike. Hope he can continue next year where he left off this year.

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