“Business as usual,” Rizzo said. “It was a plan that we put in place back on Feb. 1. We’ve been true to the plan the whole way, and we haven’t wavered from it one bit. This is just a culmination of that plan. I think I believe in my heart that it’s the right thing to do for the player. The right thing to do for the player is the right thing to do for the franchise.”
The Nationals believe Strasburg has shown signs of fatigue in recent starts, that the finish on his breaking ball and “hop” on his fastball is lacking. Strasburg maintained he feels healthy enough to pitch.
“That’s typical of Tommy John rehab patients,” Rizzo said. “Often times, it’s not the velocity or the arm strength that’s the first sign of fatigue. It’s the delivery. Is he online, or is he falling off?”
Strasburg maintained he feels healthy enough to pitch.