Below, video (via CSNWashington.com) of Stephen Strasburg discussing the shutdown.
Feel awful for him, really. There's a full transcription of Strasburg's comments in the Washington Times. There's this quote:
"I don't know if I'm ever going to accept it, to be honest with you. It's something that I'm not happy about at all. That's not why I play the game. I play the game to obviously be a good teammate and to win. You don't grow up dreaming of playing in the big leagues to get shut down when the games start to matter. It's going to be a tough one to swallow..."
Here's Mike Rizzo, via Thomas Boswell/Washington Post:
"Stephen is going to have to accept it...There are going to be a lot of bright and happy days ahead of us watching him pitch."
Oh bright and happy days! But will they be in October? More Strasburg (quote via Washington Times):
"I just looked the other way. I didn't really worry about it. I was always thinking things were going to change, there was going to be something that would change and I would get the opportunity. But this decision, they made well before the start of the year. I play for the Washington Nationals. I play to help this team win games. And that's the bottom line. I'm not the one making the calls."
Wonder if Strasburg would agree with FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi: that the Nats mishandled the situation? This much we know: despite Thomas Boswell whistling past the graveyard, the Nats will miss Strasburg in October.
Anyway, here's the Strasburg video: