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.
Troy Tulowitzki (groin) is trying to return from a groin injury that has sidelined him since late May. Tulo and the Rockies had hoped that he would be ready to rejoin the team on Saturday when rosters expand. But, now it appears that he will not be ready to play on Saturday. Tulo is without a clear timetable for his return, but what we know is that he won’t be activated from the disabled list this weekend. And, a return to the Rockies in September is not a lock either. Both Tulowitzki and Jason Giambi (viral syndrome) will move their rehab assignments Wednesday to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Josh Rutledge (quad) returned to action Tuesday and will continue to serve as the everyday shortstop.