Anyway, while The Great Strasburg Shutdown Debate rages on, we're just hoping Strasburg's sore back is OK and doesn't cause him to, you know, miss a few starts here and there as the clock ticks down to ~180.
Here's Mike Rizzo, from Passan's piece:
"I guess it's a gutty move, a ballsy move. I'm a stubborn guy. I'm going to do this thing the way I want to do it. The plan since I took over three years ago has worked well for us. I have the trust of ownership that we're going to do this the right way. We believe we're right in this instance. We're going to implement it. That's not to say the industry's going to understand it or our right-handed starter is going to understand it. But what it does show is that we have a long-term vision, and I think it's going to show that we care about our players and we're going to do what's best for them personally.
We have pages and pages of evidence backing this. We have volumes of testimonies of doctors. We've got research and test cases and histories on guys. It's a small sample. This is a very unique pitcher. Tommy John surgeries before the age of 23 years old on power pitchers that average 95 mph on their fastball and 91 mph on their changeup – there's not a lot of those guys around." (Mike Rizzo, via Yahoo Sports.com, 8/11/2012)
(Screen cap via MASN/TV)