“I’m really excited and I’m sure Nationals fan our, too,” said Rizzo. “I’m excited to see what Stephen can do during the heat of a pennant chase.”
Strasburg is 6-9 this season with a 2.93 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. The Nationals are 62-64 and 15 games out of first place.
“Critics will say our season is over, but anything is possible with Stephen pitching in September and October,” said Rizzo. “Only good things can happen, right? Isn’t that what the same critics said last year? I’m on board with that thinking now.”
Strasburg said he is excited to have the blessing of team management to do his job at the end of this season.
“I would have preferred it last year, but this is better than nothing,” he said. “Who knows what could happen. If we win, maybe we can make a miraculous comeback. Or if my teammates continue to hit like crap regardless of how well I pitch, we’ll keep moving closer and closer to the top of the draft. I see it as a win-win.”