Wednesday, the TVs were off when he got to the ballpark to begin another day of . . . what, exactly? His No. 37 jersey hung in his locker above one pair of sneakers, one pair of spikes and one pair of flip-flops. Videos danced across his computer screen. His blazer remained on his back, his headphones on his head. He spoke only when spoken to — when fellow pitcher Jordan Zimmermann rolled his chair over for a few words and then wheeled back, when outfielder Michael Morse ambled over for a joke.
Fifteen minutes after Strasburg arrived, Lannan bopped in, sunglasses on his head, smiling, and walked to the back left corner of the clubhouse, opposite Strasburg. As Lannan dressed for his third major league start of the season, he and Strasburg chatted briefly. Johnson said he will avoid the game so many others will embrace: Look at Lannan’s production — which began with 52 / 3 innings of scoreless ball in a 2-0 win Wednesday — and wonder what Strasburg would have done in his stead.