Stephen Strasburg has "probably" two or three starts remaining before he's done for the season, and he can no longer claim he wasn't told the shutdown was coming.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he spoke to Strasburg about the right-hander's innings limit Wednesday night on the flight home from a series against the Miami Marlins.
"I said something to him on the plane, you know: 'You've got a few more to go,' " Johnson said before Thursday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Johnson said Strasburg is down to "probably … two or three" starts to go in the ace's first full season since undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery. General manager Mike Rizzo has said he'll have an intuitive feel for when to pull the plug, but Johnson said there's a "pretty firm plan" in place that's dependent on how long Strasburg stays in each game.
The Nationals have not revealed the exact innings target for Strasburg, but the team shut down Jordan Zimmermann at 1611/3 innings under similar circumstances last year. Strasburg has thrown 1501/3, and leads the NL with 186 strikeouts.
Clemens will make another appearance
Roger Clemens plans to make a second start for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League on Sept. 7.
His agent, Randy Hendricks, says in an email that it's his "understanding" that Clemens will pitch again for the Skeeters against the Long Island Ducks. The news was first reported by Houston television station KRIV and the Houston Chronicle.
A-Rod to play for Tampa Yankees
Injured third baseman Alex Rodriguez is set to play in the minor leagues tonight.
Rodriguez, 37, has been out for more than a month because of a broken left hand. He is scheduled to play for Class-A Tampa at Lakeland in the Florida State League.
Rodriguez is hitting .276 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs for the Yankees.
TWINS: Minnesota placed center fielder Denard Span on the 15-day disabled list with an injured collarbone.
Span strained the right side of his collarbone while diving to make a catch against the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 12. He has missed 13 of the 17 games since the injury.
BREWERS: Milwaukee right-hander Shaun Marcum left his start against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday after four innings because of cramping in his right calf.
Marcum was making his second start since missing two months because of elbow soreness. He cleared waivers earlier this week and has been mentioned as a trade target for contenders.