Nats GM not changing plans for Strasburg

Nats GM not changing plans for Strasburg

JUPITER, Fla. -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday that he was impressed with Stephen Strasburg's performance in a 9-4 loss to the Tigers the previous afternoon.

Strasburg pitched two shutout innings, gave up two hits and struck two batters against Detroit. However, his performance didn't do anything to change Rizzo's plans for Strasburg. Rizzo didn't say what the plans were, but it is believed that Strasburg will start the season in the Minor Leagues.

During his more than 20 years developing prospects, Rizzo is known for not rushing players to the big leagues.

"Regardless of what he did [Tuesday] and what he does in the future during Spring Training, it's not going to change my plans," Rizzo said. "It was good to see how happy he was to be out on the mound pitching. I think that's where he is most at home.

"The refreshing thing to me was the mature focus and preparation that he gave to that start. I didn't expect anything less, but it was fun to see it put into fruition."

Strasburg is expected to make his second start Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET against the Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.