Kerry Wood

Is concern about Sale, Strasburg justified?

Facing a dilemma

Jim Peltz

Los Angeles Times

Of course the concern is justified; both pitchers are young (Chris Sale of the White Sox is 23; Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals is 24) and both will be key figures in the long-term success of their clubs, so the teams want them healthy and durable.

The Nationals insist they'll shut down Strasburg — who is coming off reconstructive elbow surgery — after 160 innings. He's at 1271/3 now. The Sox say they do not plan to shut down Sale, who has pitched 132 innings, but will find ways to limit his workload ahead of the postseason.

The teams can change their minds, but they face a dilemma: Is a...