Poll finds Nats fans want Strasburg shut down

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2012, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park in Washington. Manager Davey Johnson says Strasburg could miss his final two or three turns in the rotation during the regular season. In his first full season following elbow ligament replacement surgery, Strasburg is 15-5 with a 2.85 ERA and a National League-leading 183 strikeouts. The 24-year-old right-hander has thrown 145 1-3 innings, and the Nationals are thought to have given him a limit of 160-180. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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WASHINGTON – Stephen Strasburg should be shut down for the rest of the season say most Americans, according to a new poll.

The Washington Times/JZ Analytics Poll showed that 47 percent of those surveyed say there’s no reason to risk Strasburg’s arm by chasing the playoffs, while 42 percent said they weren’t sure. Just 11 percent said he shouldn’t be shut down.

Strasburg’s arm, and whether to shut him down early, has been a debate in D.C. and for Nationals fans since the star player returned to the field after his 2010 Tommy John surgery — a procedure to replace his elbow ligament.

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