Sports Illustrated's John Heyman reports that regardless of the outcome of Strasburg's MRI he is expected to take today, the Nationals will likely shut him down for the rest of the season:
Regardless of the results of Nationals pitching phenom Stephen Strasburg's second MRI, he is expected to be shut down for the season as a precaution. The Nationals have the final call on the decision, and they are believed not to want to take a chance with their prized pitcher.
An initial MRI taken Sunday suggested Strasburg has a strained flexor tendon in his right forearm, but a more detailed MRI was expected to be done later this week. He left Saturday's game after experiencing some discomfort in his right arm and was placed on the disabled list.
While this is sad news, what else are the Nationals to do? Stephen Strasburg would remain as the one thing worth watching as this season comes to a close at Nats Park, but he also represents the future of not only the Nats but perhaps all of major league baseball. Rizzo, Kasten, and the Lerners would not only be doing a disservice to Strasburg and the franchise if they let him pitch out this season, but also to the to the fans in Washington and throughout Major League Baseball.
And while the team may be taking a hit in the bank by not having him sell out a few more home games, the bottom line comes to this: winning at this point is irrelevant, preparing to win in 2011 is the goal.