Manager Davey Johnson this afternoon laid out the schedule for Stephen Strasburg's remaining starts in the 2011 season. Using a plan similar to what the team employed with Jordan Zimmermann last season in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, Strasburg will get extra rest between starts down the stretch.
Johnson said Strasburg, barring any set-backs or weather problems, will pitch this Sunday, Sept. 11, against the Houston Astros, Saturday, Sept. 17 against the Florida Marlins and Friday, Sept. 23 against the Atlanta Braves. All three starts are at Nationals Park, though Johnson said where the games were was inconsequential.
The Nats manager added that if the organization decides they want to get a fourth start in, Strasburg could pitch the final day of the season, Wednesday Sept. 28 at Florida.
Strasburg's innings limit next season will be partially predicated upon how many innings he gets under his belt this season. Strasburg threw 20 1/3 innings during his rehab assignment in the minor leagues. If they maintain a 70 pitch limit on him and he can average five innings per start the rest of the way out, that would give him a total of 25 innings in the big leagues and a total of about 45 innings for the season.