With the news Saturday that Washington Nationals righthander Stephen Strasburg would be shut down for the rest of the season, a game earlier than expected, it is officially time for the team to implement Plan B and replace a 15-6 record and 3.16 ERA in the starting rotation. That task falls to veteran lefthander John Lannan. Via Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider:
John Lannan will take Strasburg's spot, start Wednesday at Mets.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) September 8, 2012
Lannan spent much of the season at Class AAA Syracuse after being passed over for a starting rotation spot out of spring training. He went 9-11 with a 4.30 ERA for the Chiefs, but ended the year on a high note with back-toback complete game shutouts. Lannan also made two spot starts for the big league club during early season doubleheaders.