Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that, based on the formula the Nationals use in order to manage young pitchers’ workloads, Stephen Strasburg will
be held to 95 major league innings this season which, on top of the 50.1 he’s thrown so far, and the five or so we can expect him to pitch in his last AAA start this week, will put him at around 160 for the year. Probably pretty smart given that his college high was 109 innings.
In other news, one of the best things that could happen to the Nationals is to not get anywhere near the wild card race this year. If they do, it’s gonna be really tempting to try and break their own usage rules.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.