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Henry Rodriguez undergoes season-ending elbow surgery

Aug 31, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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It seems like forever ago, but Henry Rodriguez began this season as the Nationals’ closer.

And he’ll end it on the disabled list, as the team announced that Rodriguez had surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow and will be sidelined for at least three months.

Rodriguez has actually been on the DL since August 2 with a back injury and previously missed a month after slamming his finger in a door around midseason.

In between all the injuries he threw 29 innings with a 5.81 ERA and 31/22 K/BB ratio, showing the combination of high-90s velocity and incredibly shaky control that has been the story of his career.

  1. natslady - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I wondered why it took this long for him to have the surgery. Apparently he concealed his elbow pain. Players wanna play.

    Brian McNally ‏@bmcnally14
    … Rodriguez elbow pain colors his season, Davey Johnson admits. Hid extent of pain. Dominant in March and April. Bad afterwards

    • natstowngreg - Aug 31, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      I recall last season when Davey was ticked because Yuniesky Maya tried to pitch hurt and didn’t tell Davey. Maya got a ticket back to Syracuse. Davey made it clear that he expected his pitchers to say if they were hurt. Imagine how ticked Davey is with Henry.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 31, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    When this guy is on, wow, he is amazing. Sadly, when he’s not quite on, he’s amazingly bad, and I mean fans-are-in-danger bad. I wish him well.

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