Nats shut down Strasburg before playoffs

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitches to the Philadelphia Phillies in the...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg pitches to the Philadelphia Phillies in the first inning of their MLB baseball game in Washington July 31, 2012. (Gary Cameron/REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 8:27 PM ET

It seems the Washington Nationals will have to win without Stephen Strasburg should they make it to the playoffs.

The Nationals are sticking with their plan to limit the ace right-hander to a maximum of 180 innings this season as a precaution because the 24-year-old is coming off Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

Strasburg has a 13-5 record and a 2.90 earned-run average in 133 1/3 innings.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo has said he was more interested in protecting Strasburg's health than he was about wins and losses. The pitcher likely will miss two or three starts at the tail end of the season. Rizzo has rejected the idea of shutting down Strasburg earlier and bringing him back for the playoffs in the belief that returning from the layoff would put additional stress on the elbow.

RED SOX LEGEND DIES

Johnny Pesky, who spent more than 73 years in baseball as a player, broadcaster, manager and ambassador, has died at age 92.

Pesky, a 5-foot-9 shortstop and fan favourite, had a career batting average of .307 in 10 seasons. He missed the 1943-45 seasons serving in World War II.

The Red Sox retired his jersey No. 6 in 2008. The right field foul pole at Fenway Park is named Pesky's Pole.

"We have lost a dear and beloved friend," Red Sox owner John Henry said. "Johnny was happiest when wearing the Red Sox uniform."

Pesky spent 61 of his 73 seasons in baseball with the Boston organization. He also played with the Detroit Tigers and Washington Senators and was a coach and manager with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

YANKS LOOK TO LOWE

The New York Yankees added veteran pitcher Derek Lowe to their 25-man roster Monday.

Lowe, 39, went 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts this season with the Cleveland Indians before being released Aug. 10.

A two-time American League all-star (2000, 2002), Lowe has a 174-156 career mark with 85 saves and a 4.01 ERA in 655 games (377 starts) over 16 seasons with Seattle, Boston, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta and Cleveland.

The Yankees said they would use Lowe as a reliever.

BRIEFLY

White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko underwent concussion tests Monday and was cleared to begin limited physical activity Tuesday, CSNChicago.com reported. Konerko, 36, is eligible to coming off the seven-day disabled list Friday ... The Philadelphia Phillies placed outfielder Nate Schierholtz on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a fractured right big toe. Schierholtz has batted .219 with one home run and two RBI in 11 games for the Phillies, who acquired him last month from the San Francisco Giants. Infielder Hector Luna was recalled from triple-A Lehigh Valley ... The Minnesota Twins have reinstated infielder Trevor Plouffe from the 15-day disabled list. Plouffe missed 21 games because of a bruised right thumb. The Twins optioned infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka to triple-A Rochester ... The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed utilityman Jerry Hairston Jr. on the 15-day disabled list with left hip inflammation. Los Angeles recalled infielder/outfielder Elian Herrera from triple-A Albuquerque. The Baltimore Orioles have acquired reliever J.C. Romero from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor-league infielder Carlos Rojas. The 36-year-old left-hander will be added to the Orioles roster Tuesday.


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