LISTEN: Nationals GM adamant Strasburg too sick to pitch hours before things changed

The Nationals’ backs are against the wall in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cubs, trailing two games to one. With the rainout on Tuesday and Game 4 being pushed back to Wednesday, the Game 1 starters were now available on normal (four days’) rest. Controversy ensued with Nats manager Dusty Baker announced Tanner Roark would still start Game 4. Then he said Strasburg was “under the weather.” 

Now reports indicate that Strasburg is going to try and pitch after all. 

Interestingly, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was on CBS affiliate 106.7 The Fan’s The Sports Junkies Wednesday morning and he adamantly defended the initial move and discussed how sick Strasburg was. 

Full audio:

Some of the highlights: 

“[Strasburg] looked bad, looked under the weather, looked sick. Threw his bullpen and was just very, very depleted and no energy. He was just toasted really, really fast in the bullpen. Had no endurance.”

“To us, that’s the biggest key. He didn’t improve and got worse yesterday, as far as how he was feeling, and we just decided to go with a guy that has won 15, 16 and 13 games in the big leagues for us and is a reliable starter.”

“We’d rather have Strasburg on full five days’ rest at 100 percent, feeling great, but that’s not the case. We feel that with

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