The Washington Nationals are sick of hearing questions about whether the team will really shut down starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, saying they don't discuss the matter among themselves.

When prompted, though, some players acknowledged they don't like the idea of going into the stretch run or likely the postseason without one of their aces.

General manager Mike Rizzo has said all year that Strasburg, an All-Star in his first full season after Tommy John elbow surgery, won't pitch anymore once he reaches an unspecified number of innings, believed to be between 160 and 180.