The Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo joined Holden and Danny Wednesday afternoon for his weekly appearance on 106.7 the Fan, talking about the lack of activity at the trade deadline and once again addressing the looming Stephen Strasburg innings limit.
It has been speculated that the Nats’ would be active in searching for someone during the deadline to fill in for pitcher Stephen Strasburg after he’s shut down due to the innings limit as he continues to rehab from tommy john surgery. Rizzo said he’s not interested in bringing in any ‘rentals.’
“We had a few things in the fire that we felt we might get done,” said Rizzo. “We were looking to do something that would be a clear upgrade for us and we just couldn’t find the right mix of players we would have to give up.”
Rizzo also gave an update on outfielder Jayson Werth’s wrist and when he’s expected to return.
“We want him to play a couple back to back games (in triple-A),” Rizzo said. “We feel that he is close, but we are going to evaluate him in another day or two and we should see him fairly soon.”
Rizzo wasn’t afraid to admit he would not mind a little breathing room in the close NL East division race as the Atlanta Braves remain hot trimming the Nats’ lead to two and half games.
“We aren’t sneaking up on anyone anymore, people prepare for us… the best team wins because it is such a long season,” said Rizzo.
When the phones opened up to questions from the fans, one caller seemed to create a stir from the general manager regarding the Stephen Strasburg innings limit and the confusion over the precise number of innings he will pitch.
“People don’t know what the hell they’re talking about, this decision is coming from the organization,” said Rizzo. “The speculators on ESPN, MLB Network, they are guessing. We have a plan for him, we know exactly what the number of innings is going to be.”
Mike Rizzo Show Part 1
Mike Rizzo Show Part 2