Will Strasburg Be Shut Down?

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The Nationals continue to say that Stephen Strasburg will be shut down at some point this season. It’s really just a matter of when. There have been alot of “experts” assuming that the Nats will likely limit him to around 160 innings, similar to what they did with Jordan Zimmerman last year in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. In an interview with ESPN on Wednesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said “they have no set number in mind” and “it will be the eye test”. Rizzo went on to say that it be him and him alone that makes the decision. Strasburg, who turns 24 on Friday, underwent Tommy John surgery in September of 2010. He has an excellent 2.66 ERA this season and does not appear to be wearing down at this point in the season.

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The Nationals host the Atlanta Braves on Friday with a 3 1/2 game lead over the Braves in the National League East. For the first time since the organization moved to Washington D.C., the Nationals (a.k.a Montreal Expos) have an excellent chance to go to the postseason. Can you imagine the criticism that will follow if Strasburg is shut down in September and the team falters down the stretch? A bright spot is that the Nationals are saying that Strasburg could possibly go higher than 160 innings, so perhaps fantasy owners will get more out of him than originally expected on draft day.

In other fantasy news…..

  • Chris Carpenter racked up 273 innings between the regular season and playoffs last year en route to the Cardinals’ 11th World Series title, but he will not throw a pitch in 2012. After fighting through nerve issues in his neck and shoulder dating back to spring training, Carpenter underwent season-ending surgery Thursday to correct his thoracic outlet syndrome.
  • David Wright belted two more homers and drove in five runs Thursday against the Nationals.
  • David Price threw seven shutout innings Wednesday against the Indians to become the first pitcher in the majors to reach 13 wins.
  • Brandon Phillips hit a home run, a double, and drove in five runs Thursday in the Reds victory over the Diamondbacks.
  • Vernon Wells is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Friday with Triple-A Salt Lake. In a recent blog at BEONDECK, we discussed what the Angels plan is for Wells upon his return.
  • Edinson Volquez gave up just one-hit in a complete game shutout Thursday night against the Padres.
  • Dustin Pedroia (thumb) went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his return from the disabled list Thursday.
  • Josh Collmenter will take the rotation spot of Trevor Bauer. Bauer was demoted to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday after another rough outing.
  • Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 in Thursday’s loss against the Athletics and now has a 22-game hitting streak.
  • Drew Storen (elbow) was activated from the disabled list Thursday and threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Mets in a non-save situation. Fantasy owners that were patient for Storen to return should be rewarded with save opportunities for the remainder of 2012.
  • Todd Helton (hip) is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with the Rockies’ rookie league affiliate in Grand Junction.