The Nationals and Mike Rizzo have taken a lot of heat recently for their plan to shut down Stephen Strasburg due to a team-imposed innings limit. Many in baseball and outside of it disagree with the move, instead believing they team should go for it all this year and ignore their research.
But now a proponent of their decision has emerged, and the name literally hits quite close to home.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked about the move and had this to say:
"'Its foolish if you dont have all this knowledge at hand of where the percentages of breakdowns are, and you dont put it into play," he told Rich Dubroff of CSNbaltimore.com of their own protection of pitchers.
Theyll make a good decision on whats best for him and the organization. Were doing some things all year where Bundys concerned and Gausmans concernedand all of our pitchers, Showalter said.
The Orioles are taking care of their young arms as he said and are expected to shut down Dylan Bundy at around 120.0 innings this season. It is a number they reached based on his workload in recent years on top of decades of research on young pitchers and arm injuries.
Dubroff notes that Showalter and Rizzo are close friends from working together with the Diamondbacks, and like his former colleague the Orioles are sticking with a plan they set before the season even began.
"We had an inning count coming out of spring training on them," he said.
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