Nationals sticking with Stephen Strasburg's schedule
The Nationals will stick to their plan for Stephen Strasburg's schedule before the all-star break, Manager Jim Riggleman reaffirmed today. After pitching Saturday against the Mets -- a game FOX will televise nationally -- Strasburg will receive an extra day of rest and not pitch until Friday, July 9.
Strasburg's start Saturday will be his sixth start of the year and final outing before the all-star teams are announced. The topic of whether Strasburg is an all-star has become a hot one around baseball. Riggleman has weighed in before, but he had a fresh take today.
His point: If the winner of the game gets home-field in the World Series, then Strasburg would be an asset as an all-star.
"There are some consequences of winning and losing the game now that didn't used to be there," Riggleman said. "It's not just the honor of being there. If Charlie [Manuel] is thinking World Series and he's thinking, 'You know what, this kid hasn't been here as long as some other people, but he can help me win that ballgame and that might be a real meaningful situation in October. ... Other players are certainly worthy. They've been here longer. My initial sentiments are people who have been there the whole time should get that recognition. But if you've done some great things and winning the game is important, you could make a case for Stephen being there."
July 1, 2010; 6:26 PM ET
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