Wire Taps: Scott Boras On Stephen Strasburg; Washington Nationals Off Day Links.

July 31, 2012; Washington D. C., USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) prior to the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

In an appearance on ESPN Radio's the Mike And Mike Show this morning, Stephen Strasburg's agent Scott Boras talked to the hosts about how the Washington Nationals are handling his client this season and got into the innings limit discussion that is driving page views up around the internet as every person who's ever seen or played a game has shared their plan for keeping Strasburg on the mound down the stretch. In summing up his own thoughts at the end of the interview, the super agent said he's talked to the Nationals and has been aware of their plans throughout the process, and he said he understands what a difficult decision this is for everyone involved. "The reputation of an organization and a general manager is at hand here," Boras said, "These men have careers. They want players to know that they care and they monitor things. And I think that in Mike Rizzo's case he said, 'I'm going to go with the forefront,' he looked at all the information, we don't make these decisions, we're not the employer, we're not the ones that do this. But certainly [the Nationals] sat down and all we asked was that they look at expert medical opinion." Boras added that, "Stephen wants to pitch, of course," but he and the Nationals are following the advice of their doctors. "He puts his [career] in the [hands] of a doctor," Boras said, "A doctor that has saved his career. He must follow his advice. He knows the protocols. He knows what the doctors say and obviously when you're looking into this they've done the research and Stephen, like general managers, like attorneys for players, we're not doctors. We have to follow medical advice. And the question always is, how can you justify if anything were ever to happen to this player if you went against expert medical advice?" Good question. Listen to the interview below... Links and lots of them, RIGHT NOW!!:

• THE BIG STORY!!!:

NATS STRAS BEAT:

• "What I like about the Washington Nationals’ decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg is the same thing I don’t like about it. Nats general manager Mike Rizzo is playing God." - "Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is playing God with Stephen Strasburg" - Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports on MSN

• "ESPN baseball analyst and former major league pitcher Rick Sutcliffe has a plan for the Washington Nationals to extend Stephen Strasburg into the postseason." - "Not worth throwing away Strasburg's career for Nationals" - Thom Loverro, WashingtonExaminer.com

• "Since the surgery was first performed on the elbow of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John in 1974, broad timelines have been hammered out, mostly by trial and error..." - "Stephen Strasburg: Medical experts weigh in on innings limit" - James Wagner, The Washington Post

• "Nats reliever Drew Storen was on the Jim Rome Show and had this to say about the upcoming Strasburg shutdown." - "Drew Storen on shutting down Strasburg" - Sarah Kogod, DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post

• "More than likely, [Stephen] Strasburg will be shut down somewhere in the 160-180-inning range, although no one can say for sure when [Mike] Rizzo will make the call to pull his ace out of the rotation." - "Nationals Pastime: The Strasburg window in 2012 is closing" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "The Nats soon will begin the first September of relevance for baseball in this town since 1933." - "There's a Series of reasons for Nationals' Strasburg to continue" - Rick Snider, WashingtonExaminer.com

AUDIO: "Nats still say they plan to shut down Strasburg" - WTOP.com

NATS BEAT:

• "The comfort the Nationals and their training staff have with [Ian] Desmond's health is enough that they can opt to forego a rehab assignment" - "Davey Jonson on Ian Desmond: 'He's good to go.'" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "When they look back on the past 10 days, the Nationals will review what has been, to date, the most significant stretch of Washington baseball of the past 79 years." - "The Nationals’ road trip brings them closer to the playoffs" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "With [Ian] Desmond coming back and right fielder Jayson Werth's recent return, the Nationals should finally have their expected starting lineup, sans Opening Day catcher Wilson Ramos (injured knee)." - "New York Mets at Washington Nationals - August 17, 2012" - Cash Kruth, MLB.com Preview

• "Turns out the Nats didn't just overcome Desmond's stint on the disabled list. They played their best baseball of the season in spite of it..." - "Thriving in Desmond's absence" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "'It's all part of it. It's just getting back in a groove,' [Drew] Storen said. 'It's part of the healing process and part of getting polished.'" - "Storen not concerned by rough outing vs. Giants" - Adam Berry, nationals.com: News

• "[Ian] Desmond will rejoin a team that has gone 19-6 in his absence and that is due in no small part to who has been filling in for him in the infield." - "With Desmond poised to return, Nationals haven't missed a beat with Espinosa and Lombardozzi" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "Today could be the final game the Nationals play this year without Ian Desmond." - "Ian Desmond ready for return: ‘If my name’s in the lineup, I’m going to play’" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "The Nationals hit [Tim] Lincecum hard, notching three extra-base hits off him, including Danny Espinosa's long two-run homer to center which broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Nats a 4-2 lead." - "Nationals Pastime: Balanced offensive attack knocks out Lincecum (Nats close road trip with 6-4 win)" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "Washington can rest a little more easily after Stephen Strasburg led the club to a 6-4 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park on Wednesday." - "Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants - August 15, 2012" - Adam Berry, MLB.com WSH Recap

• "How important has Werth been to the Nationals' overall fortunes since returning from the disabled list?" - "Instant analysis: Nats 6, Giants 4" - Mark Zuckerman, NatsInsider.com

• "The Nationals come back home from a lengthy 10-game road trip happy to see their families and excited to return to their home clubhouse." - "Nationals Pastime: Leaving the comfort of the road" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "'Good teams play just as well on the road as they do at home and we’re a good team,' Nationals manager Davey Johnson said as music blared in a celebratory clubhouse." - "Nationals-Giants: Danny Espinosa helps Nats win series finale" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "[Steve] Lombardozzi will not be able to play second base every day once [Ian] Desmond returns to shortstop, with [Danny] Espinosa shifting back to second." - "Steve Lombardozzi, Danny Espinosa did more than keep the Nationals afloat without Ian Desmond" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Gio Gonzalez will take the mound Sunday against the Mets, then Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg will open the Nats' series against the Braves, with Detwiler pitching the third game." - "Johnson using coming off-day to reset Nats' rotation" - Adam Berry, nationals.com: News

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• NATS MINORS:

Class-A Short Season Auburn: Scrappers 5, Doubledays 1 - Estarlin Martinez - 3 for 5; Pedro Encarnacion - 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 K, 1 HR - Auburn Doubledays Scoreboard

Class-A Short Season Auburn: "Eight Auburn players combined for 11 hits, with Estarlin Martinez going 3-for-5 and [Narciso] Mesa going 2-for-4." - "Late run dooms Doubledays in loss to Scrappers" - The Auburn Citizen

Class-A Hagerstown: Crawdads 14, Suns 7 - Adrian Nieto - 2 for 3, 2 BB, 2 2B; Taylor Hill - 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 Ks, 2 HRs - Hagerstown Suns Scoreboard

Class-A Potomac: "Robbie Ray (4-10) was chased after two thirds of an inning, his shortest outing of the season. He surrendered six runs on three hits and three walks." - "Seven-Run First for Wilmington Buries Potomac" - Potomac Nationals News

• "Potomac Nationals left-hander Robbie Ray had his shortest outing of the season Wednesday in a 9-1 loss to Wilmington." - "Potomac's Ray struggles early in loss, but team maintains drive" - Byron Kerr, MASNSports.com

Double-A Harrisburg: Aeros 5, Senators 2 - Destin Hood - 2 for 4, 2 2B; Trevor Holder - 1.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB - Harrisburg Senators Scoreboard

Triple-A Syracuse: "The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, split a doubleheader with the Toledo Mud Hens on Wednesday night at Alliance Bank Stadium." - "Chiefs split doubleheader with Mud Hens" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Thursday’s News & Notes" - Luke Erickson, NationalsProspects.com

• NATSTOWN:

• "Here's Davey [Johnson] talking about [Stephen] Strasburg's sore back and trying to limit his innings as best he can with Shutdown Day looming..." - "139 1/3" - Nats Enquirer

• "With the signing deadline (August 17, 2009) approaching here is what they were saying about the Nationals chances of signing Stephen Strasburg." - "The days before the Nats signed Stephen Strasburg" - Mark Hornbaker, D.C. Baseball History

• "The latest Nielsen numbers I have indicate that, through Aug. 7, the Nats were averaging a 2.40 rating on MASN, MASN2 and DC50 in the D.C. market. That number represents an increase of 62.2 percent over last year’s numbers at this time." - "Nats TV ratings on MASN now up 62 percent" - Dan Steinberg, DC Sports Bog - The Washington Post

• "Last year, the Nationals were far from contention by the time September arrived, allowing the expanded roster to serve primarily as exposure for minor leaguers." - "The once and future Nationals" - Joseph Michelizzi, Positive Mental Natitude

• "The Nats got a pair of runs in the first on a Jayson Werth bases loaded single, two more on Espinosa’s 13th homer of the year in the third, and single runs in the fifth and seventh." - "Washington Nationals Game 118 Review: Nats win series by the bay with 6-4 win over Giants" - Dave Nichols, District Sports Page

• "Stephen Strasburg had one of those outings that, by the numbers, should be heralded as yet another great outing." - "Nats Come Home After A Ridiculously Successful Road Trip" - Joe Drugan, The Nats Blog

• "The Nats are going to make the playoffs. We're ok with that right? I mean there is no one out there that thinks this won't happen is there?" - "Playoff Preview Time - Short Rotations" - Harper, Nationals Baseball

• "He LOVES the nickname and thinks this blog has 'interesting stuff!' Thanks Shark!" - "Shark: 'I love the nickname'" - Sharkadina

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Mets: "The Mets’ embarrassing plummet continued at Great American Ball Park last night, as Dickey and Co. were blasted by the Reds, 6-1, losing for the eighth time in their last 11 games." - "R.A. Dickey rocked as the struggling New York Mets fall 6-1 to the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night" - Mark Hale, NYPOST.com

Braves: "The question isn’t just whether the Braves, with their middle-of-the-pack payroll, can afford to keep him. It’s can they afford not to keep him?" - "Can Braves afford to keep Bourn? Can they afford not to?" - David O'Brien, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marlins: "In a season wrought with disappointment, the Marlins finally gave their fans something they had not savored since Saturday night." - "Miami Marlins end shutout streak, beat Philadelphia Phillies" - Manny Navarro, MiamiHerald.com

Phillies: "In Roy Halladay‘s gem in 2010 against the then-Florida Marlins, he induced only eight of them, instead relying on called strikes and the defense behind him to keep Marlin runners off of the bases." - "Stacking Up Felix Hernandez’s Perfecto Against History" - Bill Baer, Crashburn Alley

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