Nationals manager Davey Johnson confirmed Sunday that Stephen Strasburg’s season will end on September 12. Even though the Nationals will make the playoffs, and even though Strasburg would be key for them in the playoffs, he won’t pitch at all after September 12. End of story.
Sure, Washington has been criticized for this, and I think it’s kind of strange myself that they would shut the kid down, but the criticism isn’t THAT necessary. If I were to vocally critcize this decision, it might be if the Nats collapse in the NLDS, but shutting Strasburg down is not the end of the world. I can see where the Nationals are coming from – they probably don’t want the young kid going out there and injuring himself again. Strasburg has already had Tommy John surgery on his elbow, and you probably don’t want to risk him possibly having it twice – he’s only 24 years old.
But I think Washington will be fine without him. They already have Gio Gonzalez, who is having a spectacular season, as well as Edwin Jackson, who has quite a bit of potential. Jordan Zimmermann and Ross Detwiler have been average pitchers this season, but I think they have the chance to do great stuff in the postseason (they both have ERAs that hover around 3.00).
Strasburg’s final start at Nationals Park will be against the Miami Marlins on Friday night, and his last start will be a week from Tuesday against the New York Mets at Citi Field.
[story via USA Today]