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Stephen Strasburg to have Tommy John surgery Friday

Aug 31, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced earlier this afternoon that Stephen Strasburg will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.

Strasburg underwent a second MRI arthogram during a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday, which confirmed last week’s diagnosis of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

“It was very similar findings,” Rizzo said. “He gave him the physical tests
and was surprised that he could deal with all the physical testing. He
tested very well. Because of the physical tests, he gave him another
arthrogram and found the same thing. And his recommendation was he
needed surgery.”

The surgery will be performed by Yocum, with Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih assisting. The pair also performed Jordan Zimmermann’s surgery last August.

And with that, Strasburg’s rookie season is officially over. The 22-year-old right-hander was 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA over 12 starts with the Nationals, compiling a 92/17 K/BB ratio over 68 innings.

Strasburg will begin physical therapy immediately, but isn’t expected to resume throwing again for four months. The general timeline for a return from Tommy John surgery is approximately 12-18 months, so he’ll likely miss the entire 2011 campaign.

  1. Utley's hair - Sep 1, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    What’s the minimum you need to play for rookie status to be exhausted? When he comes back, won’t he still be considered a rookie?

  2. D.J. Short - Sep 1, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    He has more than 50 innings pitched and 45 days on the active roster, so he won’t qualify as a rookie once he returns.

  3. Utley's hair - Sep 1, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Gotcha. I didn’t know what the parameters were for pitchers. Thanks.

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