Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson acknowledged that the team is leaning toward shutting down ace Stephen Strasburg at some point this season.

During an interview aired Thursday on ESPN's "Pardon The Interruption," Johnson indicated that Strasburg could be limited to 160 innings and claimed that the first-place Nationals would not jeopardize the All-Star's future.

The Nationals have maintained throughout the season that they would limit Strasburg's innings this season, regardless of their position in the standings. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo previously had stated that there was "no magic number" for the innings limit, claiming that he alone would decide when Strasburg's season will end.