WASHINGTON -- Even though Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is on an innings limit, general manager Mike Rizzo said the club would allow the right-hander to play in the All-Star Game if he was selected. The Midsummer Classic is being played in Anaheim on July 13.
Rizzo said he would not worry about how many innings Strasburg would throw in the game. After three games, Strasburg is 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA with 32 strikeouts, which is tied for third on the team behind reliever Tyler Clippard and right-hander Livan Hernandez.
"The most a pitcher would go [in the All-Star Game] is for two, three innings," Rizzo said. "Whatever they would need him to do, we would make sure that he does it because it's an honor to play in it, it's an honor to be asked. It's a way for the National League to win the game and give the National League the extra game in the World Series.
"We would be honored that he would be an All-Star and he would certainly play in the All-Star Game. I would love it. If [Phillies manager] Charlie Manuel or MLB feels he is one of the best players in the league and he should be on the All-Star team, he would earn it and deserves it. I would embrace it."
Strasburg to get extra days off in second half
WASHINGTON -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that right-hander Stephen Strasburg will pitch every five days until the All-Star break. After that, there are two different scenarios that could happen.
Whenever there is an off-day, the club could push Strasburg back a day. The team could also give him time off during the first two weeks of September, then pitch the rest of the month. The club most likely will push him back a day after an off-day. Strasburg is expected to throw between 150 and 160 innings combined between the Minor and Major Leagues this season.
"We are going to give him more time between starts just because we want to stretch him out a little longer during the season," Rizzo said. "We have a lot of different ways we could go. We are going to be cautious with him and we are going to do the right thing by him. As part of his development, we want to get him through the month of September because he has never done that before."
Olsen resumes throwing
WASHINGTON -- Left-hander Scott Olsen, on the disabled list because left shoulder tightness, has started his throwing program again and played catch from 90 feet on Friday at the team's complex in Viera, Fla., without any problems.
Olsen had a setback more than a week ago and stopped throwing until Friday. General manager Mike Rizzo did not give a timetable on when Olsen would be activated from the DL.
Before getting hurt, Olsen was one of the Nationals' best pitchers, going 2-2 with a 3.77 ERA.