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10 Storylines to Watch in Spring Training

How Prepared is Steven Strasburg?

It was roughly one year ago that the Strasburg Shutdown entered our baseball lexicon. After Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo controversially stuck to his plan and mothballed his ace after 159-1/3 innings, the onus is on Strasburg to pitch sublimely and validate the organization’s cautiousness. Particularly with the prospect of a PED suspension swirling around Gio Gonzalez, the Nationals need Strasburg to be a reliable 200-inning workhorse — something they didn’t allow him to be in 2012.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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