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Washington Nationals dilemma: Strasburg innings to be limited even if needed in pennant race

Stephen Strasburg (photo by dbking, Kanesue via wikipedia commons)

If the Washington Nationals are going to get into the playoffs, they’ll have to be very creative with the innings pitched by staff ace, 24-year-old Stephen Strasburg.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has been saying for weeks that the former San Diego State star will not pitch more than 180 innings in 2012.

So far, Strasburg is on pace to pitch 184.1 innings in a very solid year so far.

In April 2012, Strasburg accumulated an NL-best 34 strikeouts and second-best 1.13 ERA. He totaled 6 walks and did not give up a home run. Consequently he was named National League Player of the Month.  On May 20, Strasburg went 2-for-2 as a hitter in a game against the Baltimore Orioles and hit his first career home run, a solo shot off of Wei-Yin Chen.

In his June 13 start against the Toronto Blue Jays, Strasburg became the first pitcher of the year to strike out 100 batters.

On July 1, Strasburg was elected to his first All-Star Game.

The Washington Nationals have been controlling the National League East since the early days of the season.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Washington Nationals, Radio & TV news

Strasburg will be put on innings limit in 2012 by Nationals

 

Stephen Strasburg in June 2010 (photo by dbking via wikipedia commons)

Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will be on an innings limit next season as he progresses with his comeback from reconstructive surgery on is pitching elbow.

Strasburg had his ligament-replacement surgery last September, then returned to the Nationals this month.

He’ll be making his fifth start of his comeback against the Florida Marlins on the last day of the 2011 MLB regular season which is Wednesday.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told the media on Sunday that he has a pre-determined amount of innings that Strasburg will throw next year. Speculation has it around 160-165 innings.

Info compiled from Radio, TV & the Washington Nationals

Riggleman not out of job long; resurfaces with SF Giants

Jim Riggleman (Nationals media guide photo)

Jim Riggleman is back in baseball.

The San Francisco Giants have hired the former Washington Nationals manager as a special assignment scout. He will work directly for Giants general manager Brian Sabean.

The hiring comes a month after Riggleman shocked the baseball world by abruptly resigned as the Nationals manager. On June 23, he told general manager Mike Rizzo that he wanted the team to show a commitment to him by picking up his option for the 2012 season, or he would quit, which he did.

 

Info compiled from the San Francisco Giants

 

Riggleman abruptly quits as Nationals manager

Jim Riggleman in August 2009 on Bloggers Day (photo by MissChatter via wikipedia commons)

Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman abruptly quit after his team’s 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. Riggleman was upset by a lack of commitment and discussion about his future with the team.

Riggleman wanted to discuss the team picking up his option for the 2012 season with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo,  the man who hired him.

The Nationals have been one of the hottest teams in baseball in recent weeks. They just completed a three-game sweep of the Mariners and have won 11 of their past 12 games to improve to 38-37 on the season in the NL East Division.

 

compiled from MLBpressbox, Washington Nationals, Radio & TV news

Strasburg out indefinitely with inflamed shoulder

Stephen Strasburg has come face-to-face with the first snag in his major league career.

He was warming up at Nationals Park for a start against the Atlanta Braves,and after a six pitches, Washington pitching coach Steve McCatty  noticed he could not get loose. Strasburg told McCatty that he felt stiff.

Stephen Strasburg (mlb)

McCatty told general manager Mike Rizzo immediately and he was scratched from the lineup.

Strasburg was checked out by a team doctor and sent out for an MRI and X-ray exam. Mike Rizzo said the tests showed no structural problems and that the diagnosis is inflammation.

The 22-year-old Strasburg will be considered day-to-day.

In nine starts this season, Strasburg is 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 15 walks in 54 1/3 innings.

The Nationals have been quite careful with their “Franchise Pitcher”. They’ve said all along that his season will end  when he reaches 160 innings whether it be in August or September. So far, including his stint in the minors, he has thrown 109 2/3 innings.

info compiled from staff, wire and Washington Nationals news

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