Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/20/12
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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says he and he alone will make the decision on when to shut down pitcher Stephen Strasburg for the season.

No number of innings has been announced as the stopping point for Stasburg, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, but speculation has the limit at around the 161 1/3 innings that Jordan Zimmermann, also coming off elbow surgery,pitched last season before being shut down.

"It will be the eye test," Rizzo told ESPN. "[Manager] Davey [Johnson] won't decide, and ownership won't decide. It will be the general manager, and that's me.

"We'll do it my way. I have the full support of ownership on this issue. It's my decision, and I've made it. There will be no going back on the decision."

"When we signed Stephen, I made a promise to him and to his parents that I would take care of him, and that's what we are going to do. I told them we would always do what's best for him. This is a kid who has never pitched more than 123 innings in a year.

"We are looking at not only competing for the playoffs this season but also in '13, '14, '15 and beyond. Stephen is a big part of those plans, and I will not do anything that could potentially harm him down the road."

Strasburg, 24, has pitched 105 innings heading into Friday's game.

The Nationals are in first place in the NL East, and Strasburg has been a big part of the success, with his 10-4 record and 2.66 earned-run average.

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