Originally Posted by BDC2823
So Strasburg is getting shut down after two more starts. I completely understand the reason they are doing this medically and support it. What I don't understand is how they went about working with this innings limit. The team is definitely playoff bound and he is their ace. Anyone with a basic understanding of mathematics knew he was going to be finished before the season ended So instead of having him pitch from opening day until he reached his limit, why not a) have him shut down for spring training, and start his own preseason regimen once the season starts so that he becomes a starter a month or so into the season ensuring that he'd typically hit his innings limits deep into the postseason or b) stagger his starts so that he pitches every 6th game (instead of 5) so that he goes the full season?
^I don't understand why they didn't just shelve him with a calculated 4-6 starts left in the tank - then use him for the playoffs. Only use him once in the first round or even shut him down for the WC/1st round then bring him in for the LCS and WS if needed.
how many theoretical starts would he make for the whole playoff run anyway? 2 starts per a 7 game series (LCS and WS).
the innings limit seems arbitrary, but what they are going for is to complete recovery of the inflammation in the elbow tendons/joint/tissue. tommy john surgery these days is usually a hamstrings graft. The hamstrings have 3/4 muscles that have 3 tendons that go into the same point of connection (so you can harvest the middle tendon without compromising the hamstrings muscle tendon strength).
from there they use the harvested hamstrings tendon graft to replace the torn elbow ligament. throughout the "high stress" situations (actual game innings) inflammation tissue builds up at the surgical sites. Its really a crapshoot to how much builds up, but thats the reasoning behind the innings limit - they just want to shut him down completely to let everything settle after the first year of actual play.
there are cases where increased workloads didn't have negative outcomes.... its a little known fact but Mariano Rivera had Tommy John surgery early in his career as well, and he wasn't put on an innings limit at all (think off all the times he was put in early at the 8th inn to put out some fires over the last 15 years).