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Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 08/15/2012

Davey Johnson gets all the Stephen Strasburg shutdown debate

(Carolyn Kaster - AP)
Davey Johnson is a sentient human being with at least a vague grasp of Major League Baseball, and therefore he is well aware of the debate raging around the decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg this season. Not all in and around the Nationals’ organization would agree with him, but Johnson understands the hoopla, and even seems to kind of support the hoopla.

“It’s kind of an interesting conversation,” Johnson said. “It’s been going on since before spring training, because of what Jordan Zimmermann went through – he went through the same thing last year. Of course, we were flying around third place or something. But there’s already been a precedent set for what we’re going to do. But it’s fun for people to talk about it and second-guess. It’s different. But it’s not distracting.”

Strasburg will pitch today. As we’ve said before, it is nice to just appreciate his pitching for a few hours rather than bandying around the same topic.

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