Stephen Strasburg is on his way to becoming the subject of the most debated absence in baseball since Sandy Koufax missed Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because of Yom Kippur.

The Washington Nationals have suggested they will shut down Strasburg after he has pitched 160 to 180 innings, to protect his surgically repaired right arm. The move would end Strasburg's season shortly before the postseason — the first postseason since 1933, in all likelihood, that will include a team from Washington.