FENNO: Stop with the panic and start enjoying Stephen Strasburg for his ability

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Take any precaution out there, from last season’s endlessly discussed innings limit (159 1/3 innings until the Nationals abruptly shut him down) to in-game pitch counts (Strasburg has thrown 110 or more pitches in four of this season’s six starts). Caution is prudent, after studies like the one in the American Journal of Sports Medicine that young pitchers were 36 times more likely to be hurt if they continued pitching after feeling fatigued.

But nothing, no limit or program, other than encasing Strasburg’s right arm in Plexiglass and shipping it to Cooperstown, N.Y., will eliminate the possibility of arm injury in the next five days or five years.

That’s the reality, hard as Strasburg’s fastball. Whatever the mechanics, backgrounds, pedigrees, favorite pitches or nicknames, pitchers get hurt.

So, relax. Stop awaiting an update from sources familiar with the thinking of Strasburg’s ulnar collateral ligament, don’t take each shake of his right arm as a portent of doom and, instead, enjoy the 24-year-old still learning to use his gift. Today he’s healthy. Isn’t that enough?

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