Nationals' starter Stephen Strasburg will be held out of postseason play after he is shut down when he reaches his "innings limit," MLB.com's William Ladson reported on Twitter Sunday.
I was informed that
#Nats RHP Stephen Starsburg will not partisipate in the postseason once he is shut down. #MLB
— William Ladson (@washingnats) August 12, 2012
The Nationals had already made their decision in July to shut down Strasburg after he reaches a specific number of innings pitched. Washington sits atop the National League East — four games ahead of the Atlanta Braves — and much of that has been due to the consistency of Strasburg in his first full season in the majors.
Strasburg is 13-5 with a 2.90 ERA in 23 games. He has 166 strikeouts and just 38 walks. He pitched six innings in a 9-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, bringing his season total to 133 1/3 innings.
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Friday that the plan is to shut down Strasburg sometime in September. Rizzo denied reports that the limit was set for 180 innings.