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UPDATE: Nats to provide update on Strasburg at 10:30 a.m. ET

Aug 27, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

UPDATE: Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post tweets that the conference call is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. ET.

8:14 AM: This sounds promising.

The Nationals will hold a conference call sometime between 9 a.m. ET and noon today to announce the results of Stephen Strasburg’s MRI arthogram, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

An MRI on Sunday confirmed the initial diagnosis of a strained flexor tendon in Strasburg’s right forearm. The current speculation is that he will be shut down for the season regardless of the results of the exam, but there’s always the chance that he may need Tommy John surgery, which would almost certainly cost him all of next season.

We’ll have an update as soon as one is made available.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:31 AM

    There’s something increasingly creepy about these medical news conferences. Yeah, I get that fans are concerned about the condition of their favorite players, but there’s a weird sort of voyeurism involved in having illustrations or various -grams of your internal organs tacked up on a wall and broadcast to the world while – inexplicably – it’s distasteful to be seen running around without your pants. Go figger.

  2. BC - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    Why do I think this is going to turn out really badly?

  3. Old Gator - Aug 27, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    Probably because some childhood trauma causes you to think fatalistically. The problem is, if you were to undergo analysis sufficient to resolve the complexes involved, you might wake up one day and find yourself a Borg fan. Let it be.

  4. Bull Durham - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    This just goes to show that human beings are not meant to pitch that well. Look at all the phenoms with fantastic abilities who flamed out early. Now, by contrast, your best chance for a long and fruitful career is to possess the pitching arsenal of Steve Trachsel.

  5. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Would they have a conference call if it were good news? Probably not. This sounds ominous.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Aug 27, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Damn, Probable Tommy John surgery? That absolutely sucks. I feel bad for Nats fans because this kid, with Harper coming in and the young talent they had going, had a chance to be part of something special. Now next year is probably another wasted year for the franchise.

  7. John_Michael - Aug 27, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    What did they say at the conference? I haven’t heard any follow up anywhere!

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