Despite his 94-pitch, 14-strikeout effort in his major debut Tuesday, Nationals rookie righthander Stephen Strasburg will be rested often after the All-Star break and will remain on an innings limit this season, according to The Washington Post.
"There will be a point where we just shut him down for a while or really minimize his innings," manager Jim Riggleman told the newspaper. "We want him to pitch in September, so some of that shutdown may be before September."
Strasburg has pitched 55 1/3 innings between the majors and minors this season, and the team plans to shut him down once he reaches 160 innings.
Riggleman admitted that innings limit still would be in play if the team were in playoff contention late in the season.
"That would be very hard," Riggleman told The Washington Post. "I hope we have to make that decision. That would be tough, but we want to make sure this young man is pitching for years to come."
Strasburg’s next start will be Sunday at Cleveland.