After 28 starts, 159 1/3 innings pitched, the Washington Nationals have officially shut down Stephen Strasburg one start early.
"He's had a great year. I know what he's going through for the past couple weeks. The media hype on this thing has been unbelievable. I feel it's hard for him -- as it would be [for] anybody -- to get mentally, totally committed in a ballgame. And he's reached his innings limit that was set two years ago, so we can get past this and talk about other things for a change."
(Davey Johnson, via Nats Insider, 9/8/2012)
See you next year, Stras. You'll be sorely missed in October.
(Screencap of Strasburg via MASNSports.com video)