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Time to shut down Strasburg?

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08:42 AM ET 08.23 | Stephen Strasburg may have been able to play catch Sunday, but that isn't enough for some to feel comfortable keeping him in the rotation in 2010. The conventional wisdom for young elite pitchers is to "get them to age 24," as Strasburg's agent Scott Boras said last week. Then you take off the training wheels, cover your eyes and hope. That's still two years away. This year, including spring training, Strasburg has worked 132 innings. He's also thrown between starts more than he did in college and worked on four days rest, not six. In the face of this, the Nats organization's goal of 160 innings is irrelevant. Every pitcher's arm reacts differently to pro rigors. One rule doesn't fit all. And Strasburg's arm is telling us its opinion.

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Stephen Strasburg, AP Stephen Strasburg, AP
August 23, 2010  09:27 AM ET

In a word, yes. Washington should learn from the mistakes of the Chicago Cubs.

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August 23, 2010  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

In a word, yes. Washington should learn from the mistakes of the Chicago Cubs.

Yes it is time for the Washington Nationals to "shut-down Stephen Strasburg and start getting that "upside down W" arm action corrected, and maybe Strasburg will be ready to go at the start of next season.... The Chicago Cubs never took any action to correct Mark Prior's mechanics and that ruining his career, as we now know it.

August 23, 2010  11:54 AM ET

Can you say......BUST!!!!

August 23, 2010  12:17 PM ET

I would say, yeah, shut him down. Evaluate everything. Find out what Strasburg needs, whether it's an operation or rest. Evaluate how he's being used, his mechanics...everything.
Come in fresh next year with a real plan for him.

August 23, 2010  12:39 PM ET

His mechanics do look a bit awkward and not at all fluid so it wouldn't surprise me if it's causing undue stress on his arm. Of course if that's the case and he needs to totally change his form, you have to wonder if he will be as dynamic.

August 23, 2010  12:47 PM ET

shut him down! don't risk further injury.

August 23, 2010  12:48 PM ET
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trade him to the Angels!

yeah man!!!!!!!!

August 23, 2010  01:01 PM ET

if as rumoured it is Tommy John time this guy will be out until 2012.Do the math on that for $$ versus inning pitched???

August 23, 2010  01:02 PM ET

Trade him to the Reds and Dusty Baker, so that his arm can REALLY get shredded

August 23, 2010  01:19 PM ET

Not like they are going anywhere...not this year.

August 23, 2010  01:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I would say, yeah, shut him down. Evaluate everything. Find out what Strasburg needs, whether it's an operation or rest. Evaluate how he's being used, his mechanics...everything.Come in fresh next year with a real plan for him.

Agree Yogi-Zen, It is understandable that the Washington National expected bigger and better things from Stephen Strasburg after they called him up this year.... But it just does not seem like the Nationals really had/have a developmwntal plan for Strasburg after that. Everyone can use the off season to re-evaluate and re-work Stephen Strasburg's program and then start fresh next year in Spring Training getting it right.

August 23, 2010  01:49 PM ET

Wonder how the Nats feel after investing so much into him and he cant even make it through half the season

August 23, 2010  02:00 PM ET

shut him down now.

August 23, 2010  07:43 PM ET

its wise to close his playing time, and just get him ready for 2011 season, perhaps he could have better luck next year!!!

August 23, 2010  07:43 PM ET

GO ANGELSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

August 23, 2010  08:32 PM ET

I hope Scott gets straightened out soon. Could be problem, then again maybe not One thing I'm sure of though................Scott Boras knows less than absolutely nothing about what should, or should not, be done. If Steven was 24 now, Scott would have made the same stupid "training wheels" quote and said to take the training wheels off at 26 and hope. Although Steven's (hopefully) minor setbacks are disappointing he's shown a lot of really great potential in a very short time. I'm hoping he continues to progress this year and next too.

August 23, 2010  09:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Hopefully Strasburg never gets Bartman'd

hopefully he never gets bakered

August 23, 2010  09:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I hope Scott gets straightened out soon. Could be problem, then again maybe not One thing I'm sure of though................Scott Boras knows less than absolutely nothing about what should, or should not, be done. If Steven was 24 now, Scott would have made the same stupid "training wheels" quote and said to take the training wheels off at 26 and hope. Although Steven's (hopefully) minor setbacks are disappointing he's shown a lot of really great potential in a very short time. I'm hoping he continues to progress this year and next too.

Sorry, I meant, I hope Steven gets straightened out soon!

 
August 23, 2010  09:30 PM ET

yeah him down down so you can have him at full strength to pair him up with harper next year

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