UPDATE: According to sources of MLB Network's Joe Morosi, Stephen Strasburg is now expected to start Game 4 against the Cubs.
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Is Stephen Strasburg soft? That's the question everyone has been asking since hearing the news that Stephen Strasburg reportedly declined pitching in Game 4 because he was feeling "under the weather."
Wednesday's game against the Cubs is do or die, and with the gift of a rain delay in Tuesday's game, it would have be the perfect setup for Strasburg to pitch again.
When asked about the teams decision, GM Mike Rizzo naturally backed up his team and his players, saying it's the best decision all around. For the Sports Junkies' Eric Bickel, he wanted the real answer as to why a major leaguer would turn the opportunity down, sick or not.
"Fans have the right to question why this guy won't at least attempt to put his balls on the line," Bickel said.
To that, Rizzo had this response.
"He is attempting to put his balls on the line. He went out and threw a bullpen and said [to] Mike Maddux [our] pitching coach, "I'll give ya everything I have. I don't know how much it is."
And we made the decision we want 100 percent Tanner Roark, who won 15, 16, and 13 games over the last three years he was a starter over a depleted Stephen Strasburg.
Click above to watch the full clip of the Junkies interview with Mike Rizzo where he explained in depth his teams reasoning behind their decision.