In his first full-season since returning from Tommy John surgery, Stephen Strasburg has been dominant on the mound and is on the way to his first All-Star appearance.
Despite the team’s success this season, which is expected to extend into post-season play, the team has maintained that they will keep Strasburg on an innings limit in order to not cause further damage to his surgically repaired elbow. Although being selected to the all-star game is an honor, many question whether he should participate and use up innings that could be saved for later in the season.
The Nats’ General Manager Mike Rizzo joined the LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes and was asked by fill-in host Bill Rohland if he would stop Strasburg from pitching because of the innings limit.
“No, certainly not… we’d be honored if (Strasburg and Gonzalez) represented the Nationals in the game as pitchers and we’ll see what role that they both serve,” Rizzo said. “Like I said, they won’t be on regular rest but we certainly wouldn’t hold them back from pitching because it’s a great honor for the city, the team and also for the player. “
Rizzo also alluded to the fact that both pitchers selected will be short of the usual five-day rest period on the night of the all-star game but that he trusts the recently retired Tony LaRussa to make the right call in terms of how long he plays both guys.
“I don’t see either of the guys in line to start the game on regular rest, that would be a decision made by Tony LaRussa who’s a outstanding – if not one of the best managers to ever manage – he’s going to make that decision,” said Rizzo. “We will have contact with him, we’ll have some input but that’s the managers decision.”
Though he wasn’t on the all-star ballot, rookie Bryce Harper is one of five players in the national league that is eligible for a final vote and can be selected by fans as the fourth member of the Nationals to participate in the game.
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