The Washington Nationals announced Saturday they would be shutting down Stephen Strasburg effective immediately, one start prior than the team's original plan. Manager Davey Johnson said that after Friday night's lackluster outing, he felt it was time for Strasburg to be shut down for the season, and general manger Mike Rizzo agreed. Asked after Saturday's 7-6 win over the Marlins about the shutdown, Strasburg admitted to being 'not too happy' about his season being over. Via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post:
Strasburg showed some fire. "Honestly, I'm not too happy about it. I want to keep pitching out there."— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) September 8, 2012
Stephen Strasburg angry at shutdown: "I don't I'm ever going to accept this."— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) September 8, 2012
Veteran lefty John Lannan, who spent much of the season pitching for Class AAA Syracuse, will replace Strasburg in the rotation, beginning Wednesday night against the Mets.