Video above from 106.7 The Fan of Steve McCatty discussing the Scratch Heard 'Round the World Tuesday night. The way McCatty tells it, he made the decision to shut down Strasburg after he couldn't get loose? But to hear Mike Rizzo tell it, Rizzo pulled the plug:
"Stephen was having trouble getting loose in the bullpen, so I pulled the plug on it. Precautionary move. Again, erring on the side of caution. I just didn't want him going out there when he was struggling to get loose in the bullpen pregame."
(Mike Rizzo, via Nats Insider, 7/28/2010)
Guess it doesn't matter who made the decision to pull the plug, right? Just that someone did.
Meanwhile, Ben Goessling and Adam Kilgore both pondered the exact meaning of the phrase "No changes" in reference to Strasburg's MRI results Tuesday night. Did Rizzo mean: "No changes and he's 100% healthy"; or "No changes, he's not completely clean - never has been." Hopefully one or both asks the follow up question to Rizzo tonight.
Blah. For some reason, we can't shake this feeling of getting kicked in the gut after seeing Batista make his way to the mound last night. It doesn't help when the name "Stephen Strasburg" is being mentioned in the same breath with names like: John Patterson, Brian Lawrence, Chad Cordero, Matt Chico, Jordan Zimmermann, Scott Olsen and Jason Marquis. And Shawn Hill. Never forget Shawn Hill.