Washington, DC-- The Washington Nationals are shutting down Stephen Strasburg. Manager Davey Johnson made the announcement a day after the hard-throwing right-hander's shaky start against the Miami Marlins.
The NL East-leading Nats had said Wednesday's start at the New York Mets likely would be his final appearance of the season.
Strasburg had Tommy John surgery in September of 2010 and the team said before this season that he would be limited to around 160 to 180 innings.
Johnson says the media attention to Strasburg's innings was "unbelievable" and that he thought the pitcher was affected by it.
Strasburg went 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA and struck out 197 batters over 159 1-3 innings.