The Washington Nationals have informed starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg that they will be shutting him down for the remainder of the season effective immediately. It was previously believed that Strasburg would see the mound for one more start this year but manager Davey Johnson informed reporters that the 24-year-old was done.
Strasburg finishes 2012 with a record of 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 197 strikeouts. He pitched in 159 1/3 innings.
The Nationals were expected to shut Strasburg down after 160 innings pitched and a poor outing in his last performance put Strasburg close to his limit. Johnson also said that the attention the team was getting of the impending Strasburg shutdown contributed to the early end of his season.
Strasburg is one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball and the Nationals are smart for protecting their investment into the future. With the success he has found this season, it is hard for people to remember that Strasburg is in his first full season recovering from Tommy John surgery.
It may be a move that some people do not understand or like but it is the correct one for the Nationals moving forward.