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Stephen Strasburg’s first start after the break undecided, will depend on his All-Star Game workload


“It depends on what he does in the All-Star Game,” Johnson said. “I’m going to base when I pitch him on that scenario.”

Johnson said he would use the same factors to schedule Gio Gonzalez’s first start out of the break. Gonzalez will make his final start of the first half on Saturday.

In a 5-1 defeat at the hands of the Rockies, Strasburg allowed three runs, two earned, over six innings and suffered his third straight loss, the longest personal losing streak of his young career. Strasburg has yielded eight earned runs over those three starts in 15 innings.

“It’s not a good feeling, but what can you do?” Strasburg said. “You can only go out there and give it everything you have. Sometimes it’s not going to work out.”

Strasburg received an IV before the game, and pitching at night he felt much cooler than in Atlanta five days earlier, when heat exhaustion forced him from his start after three innings.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.
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