Washington Nationals' prized pitcher Stephen Strasburg won't pitch more than 180 innings this season, general manager Mike Rizzo told YahooSports.com.
"We feel that we do know this is going to work," Rizzo told Yahoo's Jeff Passan. "We've done research. We feel like there's evidence. We're not saying we're smarter than anyone else. But we're going to do it the way I want to because I'm in charge. That's the answer I have to all the critics and all the ex-players. They're welcome to it. They're very astute. But the majority didn't make their bones in player development."
Strasburg, 24, is currently on pace to throw 184 1/3 innings, so Washington will need to get creative to keep the right-hander available for the entire season, especially with the Nationals potentially headed for the postseason.
---The St. Louis Cardinals purchased the contract of infielder Ryan Jackson from Triple-A Memphis. The 24-year-old batted .269 with 10 homers at Memphis this season. and will provide middle infield depth following the trade of Tyler Greene to the Houston Astros.
Also, the Cards signed infielder Lance Zawadzki to a minor league contract. Zawadzki joins his third organization this season, and has hit .213 with three homers in 53 games at the Triple-A level for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves.
---The Toronto Blue Jays recalled pitcher David Carpenter from Triple-A Las Vegas. Received from the Houston Astros in the J.A. Happ deal, Carpenter allowed two runs and struck out 14 in 9 1/3 innings with Las Vegas. He worked 29 2/3 innings earlier this season for Houston, but posted a 6.07 ERA.
---Boston Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. The lefty batted .203 in 25 games. Kalish became the odd man out when the Red Sox brought back outfielder Scott Podsednik, who had been released by the Arizona Diamondbacks shortly after being acquired from Boston. Podsednik hit .387 with one home run and six steals in 19 games in his first stint with the Sox.