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07:19 AM ET 09.19 | For the second time in less than a week, Washington will send someone else to the mound in place of a scheduled Stephen Strasburg start. [The Nationals are] concerned enough about lingering forearm tightness to allow him to take the mound. Scheduled to pitch Thursday night against the Marlins, six days after he previously was held out of a start against the Phillies, Strasburg again was scratched after having trouble getting loose before playing catch on Wednesday. "It's just not worth the risks," manager Davey Johnson said. "He wanted to go [Thursday], I said no." Gio Gonzalez will now start the series opener against Miami, one day earlier than originally planned but still on normal rest. Jordan Zimmermann will be bumped up to Friday night's start, also still on normal rest.

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September 19, 2013  07:37 AM ET

One year later and they are still holding him out of important games in September.

September 19, 2013  08:12 AM ET
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One year later and they are still holding him out of important games in September.

This is NOT the same thing as last year. He's got tightness that won't loosen up..... that's an injury ready to happen.

September 19, 2013  08:14 AM ET

By the way - just had to post this little excerpt..... GO RAYS!!!!!!!!! GO CARDS!!!!!!!

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Sports fans are a special breed. People who write letters to newspapers are also a special breed. When these two worlds collide, hilarity can often enuse. That was the case with a Letter to the Editor in Tuesday???s SF Gate. A couple of 49ers fans were so upset about the crowd noise their team had to endure during Sunday???s game in Seattle, they suggested the NFL institute a punishment.

Their solution: ???The visiting team may stop the game when fan noise is greater than a specified decibel level, and should this rule be violated in more than three games, no home games will be played at the offending field for the rest of the season, including playoff games. Things would quiet down.???

Yes, I???m sure the NFL is getting right on that. (Thanks to Brien A., of Olympia, Wash., and Derek Einhaus, of Port Orchard, Wash., for the tip.)

September 19, 2013  08:21 AM ET
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This is NOT the same thing as last year. He's got tightness that won't loosen up..... that's an injury ready to happen.

Just noting the irony, dude.

September 19, 2013  08:24 AM ET
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Just noting the irony, dude.

Ahhh, fair enough.....

September 19, 2013  08:26 AM ET
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Just noting the irony, dude.

I'm actually rooting for the Nationals to replace either PIT or CIN..... Not likely to happen, but PIT has all of a sudden shown some slippage....... Let alone that PIT and CIN have 6 of their last 9 games against each other. The opening could be there.

September 19, 2013  08:27 AM ET

More Important than the Game, is his Health!!! Davey wants to win more than anybody!!!!!

September 19, 2013  08:32 AM ET

I'm going to the last home game for the Nats this Sunday, Right now Haren is scheduled to start for the Nationals... wouldn't mind them pushing Strasburg's start back just one more day from Saturday.....

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September 19, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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You and I define the word important differently.

Within the context of a MLB season, the games are still meaningful. Within the context of the horrific event that occurred just a few blocks away from Nats Park on Monday, the games and Strasburg's injury are just a trivial distraction. If that's your point, we are in total agreement.

September 19, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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Within the context of a MLB season, the games are still meaningful. Within the context of the horrific event that occurred just a few blocks away from Nats Park on Monday, the games and Strasburg's injury are just a trivial distraction. If that's your point, we are in total agreement.

This is what amazes me in general - not your explanation, that is spot on....

But the concept of some regular season games being "more" important that other regular season games. They all count as 1 W or L..... nothing more, nothing less. And while you MIGHT be able to express that inter divisional games may be more important because a W or L is one game for you, it is a L or W for the same division race - some consideration can be given to that.....

ALL regular season games count the same.... so I do not hold that any are more important than any other game.....

I will postulate this - there are important games played by other teams that may impact you, but that is the limit (so it doesn't matter if Strasburg is pitching since he cannot affect the other game).

September 19, 2013  09:23 AM ET

This guy looks like he's going to have a short career if they can't get his mechanics fixed.

September 19, 2013  09:35 AM ET
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This guy looks like he's going to have a short career if they can't get his mechanics fixed.

Maybe he an talk to tokin' Timmy about that........................wait.

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September 19, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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This is what amazes me in general - not your explanation, that is spot on....But the concept of some regular season games being "more" important that other regular season games. They all count as 1 W or L..... nothing more, nothing less. And while you MIGHT be able to express that inter divisional games may be more important because a W or L is one game for you, it is a L or W for the same division race - some consideration can be given to that.....ALL regular season games count the same.... so I do not hold that any are more important than any other game..... I will postulate this - there are important games played by other teams that may impact you, but that is the limit (so it doesn't matter if Strasburg is pitching since he cannot affect the other game).

Intra-divisional games...... more coffee.....

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September 19, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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Yes, a win in June carries the same weight as a win in September, but that's not what I'm talking about here. This game is not important at this point because, whether they win it or not, they're going to the same place on October 1st: the golf course.

Interesting, The thing that plays into the NATS favor - is CIN and PIT play 6 of their last 9 games against each other...... If one sweeps, they get closer. Not likely , so if they split, the Nats have to go on another winning streak like they just had...... it COULD get interesting, but not likely.....

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September 19, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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This guy looks like he's going to have a short career if they can't get his mechanics fixed.

The Nats have treated him like fine porcelain ever since they drafted him. They keep hoping for a Cy Young Award worthy season from him; one that will propel them deep into the playoffs. But he has yet to complete a full season. And he hasn't pitched past 8 Sep in two years. I suspect he'll be on his next contract and probably wearing another uniform by the time he's finally ready to take the hill in late September/early October for a ,um, ("big"? "important"? "meaningful"? "significant? "noteworthy"?) game that counts.

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