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Stephen Strasburg's first second-half start is still being decided

The Nationals are still deliberating as to when Stephen Strasburg will make his first start of the second half of the season. Manager Jim Riggleman and General Manager Mike Rizzo discussed Strasburg's schedule yesterday and came up with two scenarios. One would have him pitching in Florida against the Marlins in the first series after the all-star break. The second scenario would have Strasburg pitching in Cincinnati in the following series.

In determing the rest of his schedule, the Nationals will need to keep Strasburg under his prescribed 160-inning limit. So far, between the minors and majors, Strasburg has pitched 92 innings and, in the majors, has averaged just more than six innings per start. If Strasburg averages 6 1/3 innings per start from here on out, he'll make 10 more starts, nine coming in the season's second half.

"No matter how you mix it up, the innings will probably be eaten by sometime in early September," Riggleman said.

The Nationals may hold him back an extra day or two between starts in order to stretch his innings to later in the season. That would involve extra throwing between those starts, but nothing major.

"He would either throw two light sessions in between some starts or just wait longer between sessions," Riggleman said. "We're less concerned right now about him pitching through September. He'll have 160 in him total, something in that area."

By Adam Kilgore  |  July 7, 2010; 6:19 PM ET
Categories:  Stephen Strasburg  
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I thought I was imagining how quickly teams scored early against us....and they announce tonite 7 straight games teams have scored in the first inning...Not a way to win games starting off behind your first at bat...

Pitchers have to get smarter...that batter hitting the home run should have been jammed inside..he is the team's leading home run hitter..Pitchers, particularly starters, have to be smarter...

Posted by: pentagon40 | July 7, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

And if the innings are 'eaten up' in September, so be it; It's not like this team will challenge for the playoffs in 2010. The team is probably better off keeping Strasburg on a regular schedule (either 5-day, or 5-man), to set the table for 2011 & beyond.

Posted by: BinM | July 7, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Thinking about a "business trip" to Cincy week after next if the kid is pitching ... will they wait until after the ASG to set the rotation?

Posted by: diogenes_quixote | July 8, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Since he has about 68 innings left in him, maybe we can get 12 5 inning starts from him and then use him in relief for 8 games down the stretch.

Posted by: markfd | July 8, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

A couple of Giant players say they are looking forward to facing Strasburg this Friday:

Posted by: Natzfan | July 8, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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