MLB notes: Nationals slap innings limit on Strasburg

Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg pitches against the Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington,...

Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg pitches against the Phillies at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2012. (GARY CAMERON/Reuters)

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The Washington Nationals have confirmed that they will limit pitcher Stephen Strasburg's innings down the stretch.

The 24-year-old star won't pitch more than 180 innings this season, general manager Mike Rizzo told YahooSports.com.

Strasburg had worked 127 1/3 innings entering Friday night's game against Arizona. At his current pace he likely could make seven more starts and stay under the limit. Unless, of course, Rizzo is factoring in potential post-season appearances as well.

"We feel that we do know this is going to work," Rizzo said. "We've done research. We feel like there's evidence. We're not saying we're smarter than anyone else.

"But we're going to do it the way I want to because I'm in charge. That's the answer I have to all the critics and all the ex-players. They're welcome to it. They're very astute. But the majority didn't make their bones in player development."

Strasburg is in his first full season since recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

PETTITTE BACK IN SEPTEMBER

New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte is expected to return to the lineup next month after a setback from his record from a fractured left ankle.

"He had that setback which cost him a week to 10 days, but he is in the middle of the healing process,'' general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Post.

Pettitte had some swelling in the ankle after overexerting himself at the end of July. The 40-year-old had a 3-3 record with a 3.22 earned-run average before injuring his left ankle June 27.

JONES NOT CHIPPER

Braves third baseman Chipper Jones was scratched from the lineup Friday because of tightness in his back, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution -- the day after complaining about the mattress in his New York hotel room.

Jones aired a pair of beefs Thursday after checking in.

"My AC is set on 65 and its north of 80 in here. Like a freaken (sic) sauna!" Jones said via Twitter.

He followed up with this: "The movie channels don't work and the beds make my back spasm up! Am I complaining too much? Im sorry, gotta vent to someone. Love yall!!!"

Hotel staff turned up to fix his issues, but apparently not in time to heal his back.

BRIEFLY

The Boston Red Sox have reacquired Scott Posednik, whom they had traded July 31 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 36-year-old outfielder had refused to report when the Diamondbacks wanted him to play for triple-A Reno ... Pitchers Gabriel Bermudez of the Philadelphia Phillies and Darrel Leiva of the Atlanta Braves each was suspended 50 games by MLB for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program ... Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison could be out for the season because of an inflamed right knee, the Miami Herald reported. Morrison has been told to rest the knee for at least three more weeks.


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