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Tommy John on the Strasburg innings limit


Tommy John on the Strasburg innings limit

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.

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Nationals place Koda Glover on DL due to hip injury

Nationals place Koda Glover on DL due to hip injury

 The Washington Nationals placed reliever Koda Glover on the 10-day disabled list with a left hip impingement.

Glover earned his first two career saves last weekend in New York against the Mets. He's 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 11 appearances.

Manager Dusty Baker said Wednesday he wanted to take a cautious route with Glover because, "we're going to need Koda in the long run."

The 23-year-old Glover was selected in the eighth round of the 2015 first-year player draft.

To take his place, the Nationals recalled left-hander Matt Grace from Triple-A Syracuse. The 28-year-old Grace has a 3.60 ERA in 31 career major league games.


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Trea Turner hits for the cycle despite freezing Colorado temperature

Trea Turner hits for the cycle despite freezing Colorado temperature

DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner has hit for the third cycle in Washington Nationals history against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.

Turner also has a career-high seven RBIs on a cold night in the Mile High City.

He had a single in the first, a two-run double in the second, a two-run homer in the sixth and a bases-loaded triple in the seventh.


The field temperature was a balmy 37 degrees when Turner recorded the final part of his cycle in the seventh inning.

It was the first cycle by the Nationals since Cristian Guzman on Aug. 28, 2008.

Overall, this was the ninth cycle in Expos/Nationals history.

In addition, Turner's seven RBIs are tied for the second-most in a single game in Nationals history.

The Nationals hung on to beat the Rockies 15-12 after giving up seven runs in the final three innings.