In this morning’s newspaper, Adam Kilgore describes how much Stephen Strasburg has enjoyed being “one of the guys” this season — a season in which, through six starts, he has been one of the best pitchers in baseball. But he underwent elbow surgery in 2010 and could be removed from the Nationals’ rotation this season during a pennant race.
He also happens to be a pitcher younger than 25 in his first full season after Tommy John surgery, which, in the Nationals’ opinion, introduces a chance they will not take. The Nationals gathered the best medical consensus they could and reached an ironclad conclusion: After Strasburg reaches a yet-to-be-determined innings limit, he will stop pitching, like Jordan Zimmermann did a year ago in a similar situation. It is “a cloud over my head,” Manager Davey Johnson said.
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