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So severely limiting the innings of a pitcher - such that he's throwing only 3 or 4 in a start while completely healthy - does not work.
No measures to keep a pitcher healthy other than "don't horribly abuse him like Dusty Baker in the early 2000s or Tom Lasorda in the late 1980s" works. Especially since (a) pitchers often have their best stuff in their early 20s anyway and (b) they get very expensive after six years in the majors, teams really should cut that out and get the most out of their good young arms while they last.
Lets say you have 100 pitchers in your organization in MLB, AAA, AA, A, and Low-A... maybe X is that 25 of them flame out due to injuries no matter what you do... but if you take care of them, it's 25 instead of 35. Then all you have to do is make an individual rational choice with each individual guy whether you want to take the chance that he's in the 10% where the difference will matter.
I realize this makes me sound like an ####### and I don't like it but gosh it's frustrating to see these pitchers getting hurt despite our best efforts. It's terribly selfish but I feel personally cheated when we lose a Strasburg or a Bundy.
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