Strasburg Shutdown Coming Soon

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Despite the fact that the Nationals lead the National League East and look to be heading towards a playoff run, the team still intends to shut Stephen Strasburg down in September. In fact, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday that he told Strasburg that he has two or three starts left this season. We better enjoy him while we can.

Strasburg is currently at 150 1/3 innings while most have speculated that he’ll be shut down once he gets to around 160 innings, similar to what the Nationals did with Jordan Zimmerman last year in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. Strasburg currently lines up to pitch Sunday against the Cardinals and next Friday against the Marlins. If he gets that third start, it will be on September 12 against the Mets.

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John Lannan will take Strasburg’s spot in the rotation for the final three weeks of the regular season and while he’s a pretty big downgrade, at least he’s peaking at the right time with Triple-A Syracuse. He struck out 10 on Thursday in his second straight shutout. He should be worth a look in NL-Only leagues once he’s called up.

In other fantasy news…..

  • Zack Greinke allowed two runs over seven innings Thursday in a win over the Red Sox. Greinke has produced back-to-back quality starts and earned wins in both outings . Greinke was not as sharp on Thursday as he was in his previous start, but he was able to find his control and battle back from 2-0 and 3-1 pitch counts.
  • Chad Billingsley (elbow) was scheduled to meet with team doctors on Thursday. The fear is that he could be done for the season. Meanwhile, Kenley Jansen is out indefinitely with a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat. The Dodgers are weighing their options for a closer.
  • Josh Reddick went 3-for-5 with his 27th homer of the season and three RBI against the Indians.
  • Zach Britton allowed one run in eight innings and struck out a career-high 10 in Thursday’s win over the White Sox before being optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. He should be back next week.
  • Ryan Braun hit his 36th home run in Thursday’s loss to the Cubs.
  • Alex Rodriguez, who broke a bone in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch on July 24, is expected to serve as the designated hitter Friday when he begins a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Tampa.
  • Lance Berkman (knee) went 1-for-1 on Thursday in his final rehab game with Triple-A Memphis and is expected to be activated from the disabled list today.
  • Ian Kennedy threw 6 1/3 shutout innings Thursday in a win over the Dodgers. Kennedy has lacked any consistency this year, but a strong finish for the right-hander is not out of the question.
  • Rafael Furcal (elbow) will undergo an MRI on Friday for confirmation of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.