The Nationals, ever cautious about Stephen Strasburg's workload, are formulating a pitching plan for the rookie right-hander that likely will result in an early-September shutdown.
The Nats originally hoped to extend Strasburg through the end of the season. But after meeting the last few days to map out a plan for the season's second half, Jim Riggleman, Steve McCatty and Mike Rizzo came to the conclusion Strasburg would be better-suited staying on a regular schedule. Even if it means he'll reach his predetermined innings limit of 160 one month before season's end.
Read what Riggleman had to say about that, plus when (and where) Strasburg is expected to make his second-half debut, on CSNwashington.com.