Just about everybody in baseball has weighed in on the Stephen Strasburg innings limit and whether the Nationals should actually shut him down before a potential playoff run. Now, even the man the surgery Strasburg had is even sharing his opinion. Yes, Tommy John himself was recently interviewed on the subject and says that he would advise the young ace to keep pitching.
In an article with a baseball blog called 'The Hall of Very Good,' John had this to say:
"They have a lot of money invested in him and are erring in the side of caution. Is it right? I personally dont think so," he said.
John went on to refer to his own experience, that the only way he knew to get stronger was to simply throw. He says he never missed a start in after the surgery and that is enough evidence for him. He in fact made at least 29 starts in ten of his final 14 seasons after the procedure and started 32 games at the age of 45 in 1988.
The blog asked John what he would do if he were the Nats' pitcher and he echoed what many current and former big leaguers have said.
"Itll be hard to tell the other 24 guys on the ballclub, you busted your butt and were not going to pitch our best pitcher the last month of the season," John continued. "If I was Strasburg, Id be lobbying to pitch. What you play for all season is to pitch in the postseason."
It is being called the 'never ending debate' and will only get more contentious as the shutdown nears. There is compelling evidence for both sides of the issue, but Rizzo has made his decision and it doesn't look like he will budge.