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Tommy John on the Strasburg innings limit

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Tommy John on the Strasburg innings limit

Just about everybody in baseball has weighed in on the Stephen Strasburg innings limit and whether the Nationals should actually shut him down before a potential playoff run. Now, even the man the surgery Strasburg had is even sharing his opinion. Yes, Tommy John himself was recently interviewed on the subject and says that he would advise the young ace to keep pitching.

In an article with a baseball blog called 'The Hall of Very Good,' John had this to say:

"They have a lot of money invested in him and are erring in the side of caution. Is it right? I personally dont think so," he said.

John went on to refer to his own experience, that the only way he knew to get stronger was to simply throw. He says he never missed a start in after the surgery and that is enough evidence for him. He in fact made at least 29 starts in ten of his final 14 seasons after the procedure and started 32 games at the age of 45 in 1988.

The blog asked John what he would do if he were the Nats' pitcher and he echoed what many current and former big leaguers have said.

"Itll be hard to tell the other 24 guys on the ballclub, you busted your butt and were not going to pitch our best pitcher the last month of the season," John continued. "If I was Strasburg, Id be lobbying to pitch. What you play for all season is to pitch in the postseason."

It is being called the 'never ending debate' and will only get more contentious as the shutdown nears. There is compelling evidence for both sides of the issue, but Rizzo has made his decision and it doesn't look like he will budge.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.