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Stephen Strasburg undergoes Tommy John surgery

Sep 3, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

Stephen Strasburg underwent successful Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

“He came through it with flying colors,” Rizzo said. “It went smooth and uneventful.”

Not that I would wish this on anyone, but have we ever seen a surgery described as unsuccessful? Just saying.

Anyway, Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the nearly three-hour surgery, with assistance from Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih. Strasburg will soon begin the lengthy rehabilitation process at a facility near his home in San Diego.

Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider reports that Strasburg is expected to resume throwing in approximately four months, at which point he will report team’s spring training complex in Viera, Florida. The expected timetable after surgery is anywhere from 12-18 months, which essentially knocks him out for the entire 2011 season.

Losing Strasburg is a bummer for Nats fans, but Jordan Zimmermann’s rapid recovery and subsequent brilliant start against the Marlins this week should at least provide some hope and comfort for the months ahead.    

  1. SouthofHeaven - Sep 4, 2010 at 8:15 AM

    I’d say anyone who’s ever died on the operating table would probably say they’d had unsuccessful surgery. Or, y’know, they would, if they weren’t all dead and stuff.

  2. foresttdog - Sep 4, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    D.J. Short – Wow, you are an idiot. Thousands of surgeries are described as “unsuccessful,” particularly if the patient dies from anethesia-related complications. Your life is on the line when you go under for surgery, including Strasburg yesterday.

  3. D.J. Short - Sep 4, 2010 at 9:49 AM

    Obviously not trying to offend. Far from it. You find me the last “baseball-related surgery” described as “unsuccessful” in a media report and I’ll give you a shiny nickel.

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