Hoping to limit Stephen Strasburg's innings during his first full season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in September 2010, the Nationals are expected to skip two or three of the ace right-hander's regular-season starts, according to a baseball source.

It's likely that Strasburg, who has thrown 133 1/3 innings this season, will throw no more than 180, although according to the source, the righty could exceed 160, which was originally believed to be his limit for the season.