Strasburg ready to put innings limits behind him
Mon, 18 Feb 2013|
CSN Washington dot com. I took have we read or heard any talk yet this year from Mike Rizzo company about an innings limit throw in the -- have with. Now thankfully tickets finally done beyond everybody you know it's been five months -- Strasburg last took the mound for the nationals. We shut down at about a 160 innings. At the time he said he didn't know he'd ever be able to accept taking the ball out of his hand. Over time though Strasburg says he has come to grips with the shut down and even understands why the nationals did it. This is going home and it's a couple weeks off not even thinking about baseball. -- -- got back in offseason training program and cut closer to playing catch it just started to this robot that really didn't think about it laws as prepared for next year and I was excited to. Get out here and get this thing on I think -- -- really thought about it is when people last. -- first question people this this time. The shut down plan didn't catch anyone by surprise general manager Mike Rizzo made it public long before Strasburg even arrived for spring training last year. But as the season progressed in the shut down loomed large -- started taking heat from around baseball first controversial decision. Do you have any regrets about the way you handled Stephen Strasburg -- -- I really don't you know we we did what was best for Steven which is which -- nationals and that. And I think he'll he'll he'll be better off for. Fellow right hander Jordan Zimmermann had the same Tommy John surgery one year before Strasburg. And went through the same shut down plan in 2011. He told his teammate reserve's decision was the right call. You know I still you know they're good they're gonna shut you down whether you like it and I mean. You know it's it's for the best and then obviously everyone on the team wants to keep -- -- that you know it's for your own your own safety in. And you know it's. Prolong your career and I think he's gonna come come back this area there living here. That was definitely the right thing to do last year is a tough couple on -- as -- but I totally agree with a 100%. He's had a happy. Camp for this year knowing that there's no restrictions aren't. He's he's known -- I'm not gonna give him a quick trip just to save for -- most. Heard it's kind of refreshing. That's -- -- donuts. Just. Going out there and pitch and then it and then heat of the moment and not really worried about you know early in the take me out because of -- He only wanted to throw this number innings for fully years just. It's going to be discount on a policy you what I can do. So now that Strasburg is unfettered at last he's determined. To pitch 200 innings this season for the first time maybe even. Throw complete game or two if given the opportunity. That we won't have to wait long to see him this spring Davey Johnson announced today the Strasburg will start to grapefruit league opener Saturday. Against the Mets I don't think he's gonna let go the distance that paycheck. Probably only two or three innings but over time. We'll start to see him wrapped up and I observed that the news on Strasburg then what about Doug Davis plans for the rest of that pitching group. Well he did announce another couple starters it will be Jordan Zimmermann in game two of spring training and Ngo Gonzales in game three. He didn't reveal quite yet how the rest of that rotations gonna shake out but obviously to Dan Haren and Ross -- -- one way or the other. -- mark Zuckerman live from the airport are CSN -- -- thanks for to appreciate it. CSN Washington dot com.