Washington Nationals' Davey Johnson On Stephen Strasburg: "He's Willing To Risk It Being His Last Year..."

July 20, 2012; Washington, D.C. USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws a pitch in the game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

There will be no limitations on Stephen Strasburg in his next-to-last start of 2012 tonight in Nationals Park. The 24-year-old right-hander will take on the Miami Marlins for the fifth time this season. He'd yet to allow a run against the Nats' NL East rivals before his last outing in Marlins Park, where he struggled with his control and got knocked around a bit for nine hits and seven runs (five earned) in 5.0 IP.

On the year, however, Strasburg has dominated the Fish, going (2-1) with a 1.96 ERA, four walks (1.57 BB/9) and 22 Ks (8.60 K/9) in 23.0 IP, and as Davey Johnson hinted in the pregame press conference this afternoon, he might be out for a little revenge tonight for what the Marlins did to him in Miami. "I know he's fully aware of the bushwacking he got last time," Johnson joked, "So, they may not be as comfortable up there, I don't know."

The Nationals' 69-year-old skipper said it's a normal start for Strasburg, in spite of the fact that it's his next-to-last outing of the season. There won't be any limitations on the number of pitches or innings he throws. "He's a big strong horse," Johnson said, "Like I say, every game is a big game." Johnson said he hadn't had any further discussions with Strasburg since the sitdown earlier this week in which the team shared their plan to shut him down after next Wednesday's start in New York. While he's still throwing, Johnson said he knows Strasburg will do what he can while he can to help the team win. "He may not show it like [Bryce] Harper," Johnson said, "But he's all-in every time he takes the rubber. He's as serious as a heart attack."

The Nats' manager admitted he knew Strasburg didn't want to stop taking part in what the team is doing this season. "He's a part of this team and he wants to be helping to the end," Johnson told reporters, "He doesn't want to let the team down. That's the emotional part and the professional part on his side. He's willing to risk it being his last year to have that and I understand that, but it's our job to make sure he's not another Mark Prior or [Kerry] Wood."

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Federal Baseball

You must be a member of Federal Baseball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Federal Baseball. You should read them.

Join Federal Baseball

You must be a member of Federal Baseball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Federal Baseball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker