Expressing disappointment for being wrongly shelved by bush league Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, Washington flamethrower Stephen Strasburg is salivating for the start of spring training and pitching without restrictions in 2013.
Despite being entirely healthy, Strasburg (15-6, 3.16 ERA), who has compiled a 21-10 record with a 2.94 ERA and 313 strikeouts since debuting with Washington in June 2010, was shutdown by Rizzo in early September following 159 1/3 innings on the hill.
In a mere 45 starts, Strasburg, who the Nationals picked out of San Diego State University with the first overall selection in the 2009 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, has visited the disabled list for shoulder tightness and undergone Tommy John Surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in August 2010.
Regardless of any prior afflictions, the youngster, called by Sports Illustrated the “most hyped and closely watched pitching prospect in the history of baseball,” was pinkly forced by Rizzo to sit in the dugout like a clown’s pocket and watch the Nationals fold to the St. Louis Cardinals in October’s NLDS.
“It’s been a month longer than everybody else. I’m [champing] at the bit,” said Strasburg, 24, an All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner in 2012. “It’s still kind of a sore spot, to be honest. I wish it didn’t end up the way it did.”
The asinine Rizzo undoubtedly banged the pooch handling Strasburg and handcuffed the franchise during a rare playoff run.
Pampering an athlete is the easiest recipe to causing an injury and Rizzo unwittingly stunted the former Aztec’s development with unnecessary coddling.
Fortunately for Washington Nationals supporters, this season won’t “end up the way” last autumn did for Stephen Strasburg in “the District.”by