Rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg will start the Washington Nationals' first game after the All-Star break, on Friday at the Florida Marlins, then stick to a regular turn in the rotation until exhausting his 160-innings limit for the season.
After six innings in another solid start against the San Francisco Giants on Friday, Strasburg has pitched 98 innings in 2010 — 422/3 in six starts in the majors and 55 at two levels in the minors.
That leaves 62 innings to reach the ceiling that the Nationals set for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft as he adjusts from college to professional baseball. If he continues to average about six innings per outing, that would mean about 10 more starts this season after Friday’s game, which would carry him into the first week of September.
“When the innings are done, they’re done,” Washington manager Jim Riggleman said. “If that falls at the end of August or early September, then that’ll be it.”
Riggleman said the Nationals are setting aside a plan that would have spread out Strasburg’s appearances with extra rest in order to have the right-hander available until the end of September.
Instead, Strasburg (3-2, 2.32 ERA) will pitch regularly on four days’ rest — or five, if there happens to be a day off that falls between his turns.
“We wish that his cap was 190, 200 innings and it wasn’t an issue,” Riggleman said, “but that’s not the case this year.”
When Strasburg is done pitching this season, he will stay with the major league club, Riggleman said.
AROUND THE HORN
Former Milwaukee Brewers slugger Geoff Jenkins, who was born in Olympia, officially retired. His 212 homers with Milwaukee are second only to Hall of Famer Robin Yount’s 251. He played for the Brewers from 1998-2007, then won a World Series ring with Philadelphia in 2008. … Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy, the 2007 NL Cy Young winner, is done for the season. He will have surgery on a detached right shoulder muscle Wednesday. The 29-year-old Peavy was hurt delivering a pitch Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. The team described the injury as a detached latissimus dorsi muscle. … Minnesota slugger Justin Morneau’s concussion has kept him out of two straight games and might prevent him from playing in the All-Star game. … Philadelphia outfilder Jayson Werth said he felt bad but didn’t apologize for snapping at a fan who snagged a foul drive to deny the Phillies a potential third out against Cincinnati on Thursday. The Reds’ Drew Stubbs hit a foul ball down the line that was caught by a Phillies fan in the first aisle seat toward the field. Werth yelled at the fan for blocking his attempt. “I’m definitely in a different mindset than I would be in a normal setting,” Werth said. “I don’t think I would have yelled at anybody like that if that wasn’t the case.” … Giants reliever Dan Runzler was placed on the 15-day disabled list after dislocating his left knee cap during his first major league at-bat.