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Nationals first-round pick Lucas Giolito re-injures elbow

Aug 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Lucas Giolito was in the mix to be the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft until an elbow injury ended his high school season.

He fell to the Nationals with the 16th overall pick and signed just before the deadline for $2.925 million. And now after just one minor-league start his elbow is injured again.

Keith Law of ESPN.com reports that Giolito was pulled from his debut after two innings because he showed decreased velocity and the right-hander will be examined later this week by Dr. Lewis Yocum.

Elbow surgery wouldn’t be a death sentence for an 18-year-old pitcher, obviously, and the Nationals would probably still have taken Giolito at No. 16 if they knew he’d need to go under the knife. Even after 12 months on the sidelines and the uncertain nature of the recovery in general his upside would still be much higher than a typical mid-first rounder. And clearly they knew it was a strong possibility.

  1. cosanostra71 - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    hope he’s ok, gotta feel bad for the kid.

    • notsofast10 - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Parlaying an injured elbow into $3 million….. he will be fine…. don’t feel too bad for him…. TJ is pretty standard stuff!

  2. natslady - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Yes. Not unexpected. If he has TJ now he would be out for 2013 and could, er, follow the Jordan Zimmermann plan for his rehab/recovery–probably modified for his youth. If he comes to the majors at 20 or 21 with the Ace potential he has, it would be worth the wait.

    Yes, I feel bad for the kid, but I doubt it would have been any different if he’d stayed in school and played college ball.

  3. drunkenhooliganism - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    They better not rest him down the stretch in 2014 if they’re in a playoff race

  4. dcfan4life - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Guys, its not like this kid was ever expected to join the majors in the next few years. Straight out of high school, elbow questions to begin with. Minimum 3 years before we saw him. Not to mention how deep the Nats farm system is who could he jump ahead of so quickly. The Nats of course knew all this, which is why they took him to begin with. I am not worried. Kids getting paid to get healthy and be part of the Nats of 2015 probably at the soonest.

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