Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has made just three major-league starts - with No. 4 coming tomorrow - and already, there’s talk about the rookie phenom making the All-Star Game. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said this afternoon the team would be fine with Strasburg making the National League team for the Midsummer Classic, scheduled for July 13 in Anaheim, and would simply add the inning or two Strasburg would pitch to the team’s innings limit for him.
“I would support it, of course, if (Phillies manager) Charlie Manuel thought he was deserving to be an All-Star,” Rizzo said.
Riggleman was less definitive in his support for Strasburg’s early candidacy, saying he agreed with everything that’s been said about the possibility. The views have been strong on both sides of whether Strasburg should make an All-Star team a month into his career. And while he said he placed more stock in end-of-season awards than the All-Star Game, Riggleman ultimately said he would support it.
“I think the All-Star Game is a great honor for players. I hope a bunch of our guys make it. I hope Stephen makes it,” Riggleman said. “But I think the end-of-the-year awards are what really will indicate what the year ‘10 was about.”