Ripken Says Nats Should Shut Strasburg Down

Ripken Says Nats Should Shut Strasburg Down
August 25, 2010, 10:03 pm
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 5:52 p.m.

By Chase

MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. appeared on ESPNs Mike and Mike in the Morning today to talk about some of baseball's top stories. The hosts asked him about Stephen Strasburg, and posed the question of whether he would shut the young pitcher down for the season if he was in charge of the Nationals. Ripken, who later in the interview said that he was originally drafted as a pitcher, said he would play it safe.

Yeah, I think thats a smart move," said Ripken. "You look at his history and he was pretty protected with Tony Gwynn at San Diego State. A lot of people with that sort of arm might want to pitch him, start him one day, pitch him in relief the next day, and then start him again three days later. But Tony Gwynn I think handled him once a week. Hes going to places with innings that I dont think hes been before.

In addition to citing Strasburgs innings allotment, Ripken went on to point out the Nationals' place in the standings. The Nats currently stand 20 games back in the division and 17.5 games out of the National League wild card spot.

It seems like hes had a couple of arm injuries and this latest one, theres no real reason to kind of push it here, in late August.

This coming from a man who once played 2,632 games in a row.