Wednesday was Day 2 of MLB In Full Bloom on Buehler’s Day Off. A quiet week for sure, but we saw a significant signing for the New York Yankees, Chone Figgins be paid to leave Seattle, and much more.
83 – Number of days until pitchers and catchers report
129 – Number of days until Opening Day
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.