Stephen Strasburg injured, pulled from game against Braves

It's not hindsight: The Nationals were wrong about Strasburg

6/1/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

May 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY SportsI've said it before, and I'll say it again: The Strasburg Shutdown of 2012 was an incredibly stupid idea.

Last year, the Nationals shut him down in the beginning of September, forcing them to go down the stretch and make a playoff run without one of the best pitchers in baseball.

They ended up losing in the NLDS to the Cardinals, and they gave up a combined 29 runs in their three losses. It's no guarantee that Strasburg would have give them the edge in that series, but there's no doubt that they at least would have had a slightly better chance.

The rationale behind the shutdown was that the Nationals wanted to prevent injury, since Strasburg was only a year removed from Tommy John surgery.

Basically, the Nationals sacrificed a potential World Series run because they wanted to baby their ace, with no guarantee whatsoever that; A) it would actually prevent injury, and B) they could someday get back to the playoffs and (hopefully) win a World Series.

The main problem is that the Nationals could have managed Strasburg's innings without keeping him on the shelf during the playoffs.

Now, despite the extreme caution that they've exercised with Strasburg, he strained his oblique and had to be taken out of last night's game against the Braves.

The thing about pitching is that there is always an inherent risk whenever you're putting an incredible amount of stress on your body for 90+ pitches every night. Strasburg might hit the DL now, and the over-protectiveness from last year doesn't change a thing.

Sometimes you just have to go for it when you have the chance. The Nationals didn't, and they might never have another opportunity like that. You just never know.
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6/1/13   |   Scott   |   54148 respect

As a Cardinal fan, I still see nothing wrong with shutting down Strasburg wink

6/1/13   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Wouldn't an oblique injury be independent of anything else though, shutdown or no? I'm not sure how the shutdown decision correlates to this at all.

Yes, but my point is that injury can happen any time. It's foolish to sabotage a playoff run based on sloppy and shortsighted execution of a rather arbitrary innings limit.

6/1/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

is this injury an over use injury... rest usually is enough.... these guys work out hard.. and extra hard if the are taking their drug of choice.....

6/1/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Wouldn't an oblique injury be independent of anything else though, shutdown or no? I'm not sure how the shutdown decision correlates to this at all.