Stephen Strasburg shutdown is coming, Nationals Assistant GM says

It's speculated that Strasburg's season will end when his inning count reaches about 180. Photo: Associated Press

At 75-46 and coming off a weekend series victory over the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals have the best record in Major League Baseball.

However, as the team continues to see success unmatched in its short tenure in the District, the local and national debate continues to center on Stephen Strasburg and his strict innings limit coming off Tommy John surgery.

Appearing on Good Morning Washington, Nationals Assistant General Manager Bryan Minniti says that despite calls to keep Strasburg going through a potential playoff run, they're not going to do that.

"He's a guy that is going to have his best success by continuing to stay on his routine and stay on his pattern," Minniti said.

Nationals GM Mike Rizzo has never set an exact number of innings that the 24-year-old right-hander would be limited to this season, but it has widely speculated that it sits between 160 and 180 innings.

In 2012, Strasburg is 14-5 with a 2.91 earned run average in 139.1 innings. His ERA is the 8th best in the National League. However, Minniti says that other members of the starting rotation, including 15-game winner Gio Gonzalez and NL ERA leader Jordan Zimmermann, deserve credit as well.

"The thing that gets lost in all of this is the success the other starters have had," he said.

On Monday, the Nationals open a three-game series at home against the Atlanta Braves, who trail Washington by 5 games in the NL East standings.