Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/13/12
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Various scenarios have been mentioned regarding the Washington Nationals' plan to limit Stephen Strasburg's work load this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in September 2010.

It appears that now, according to MLB.com, that Strasburg will miss two or three starts at the end of the season based on the team's plan.

Strasburg has thrown 133 1/3 innings this season, and he will throw no more than 180, a source told MLB.com. However, he might throw more than the 160 innings that was believed to be the original limit the team had set for this season.

Strasburg will not pitch in the postseason once he is shut down if the Nationals make it to the playoffs, MLB.com reported. The Nationals entered Monday's action with the best record in the National League, so they are likely to make it to the postseason.

Strasburg's next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Giants. He is 13-5 with a 2.90 ERA.

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