The effect of Operation Shutdown

Updated: August 31, 2012, 2:06 PM ET
By Buster Olney

At the All-Star Game, a longtime star asked me, "Are the Nationals really going to do shut [Stephen] Strasburg down?"

I told him yes, they're really going to do it, and he was amazed by the decision, and talked about how he would have even more respect for them because of how much guts it would take to make this move.

It's almost official now. Davey Johnson met with Stephen Strasburg and told him he has a few more starts remaining, before Operation Shutdown is put into effect.

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