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Boras: The Nats did too consult with Dr. Yocum

Sep 13, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT


UPDATE: We have clarification. Yocum walks back his statement.

4:43 PMThis morning Dr. Lewis Yocum, the man who performed Stephen Strasburg‘s Tommy John surgery said that the Nationals never consulted him regarding the Stephen Strasburg shutdown.  Scott Boras says that’s not true:

“I know from the discussion I’ve had with the Nationals that there has been repeated communication between the Nationals’ doctor and Dr. Yocum,” Boras said. “There was a conversation between Dr. Yocum and Rizzo sometime in August.”

One person close to Rizzo said Yocum and Rizzo spoke on Aug. 13 and called Yocum’s comments “very curious.”

Someone is lying. Or misremembering. I think Mike Rizzo needs to get on the record here and I think someone had better take another pass at Yocum to see who is telling the truth.

And it does matter. For reasons I’ll explain in another post coming up shortly.

  1. sknut - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    I could be wrong but I trust the good DR. on this one, he doesn’t have a reason to lie but Boras and the Nats do to take the pressure off of their decision and make it seem like it was backed up with science. Let me go get the popcorn ready this is good stuff.

  2. geoknows - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    How the heck would Boras know? Does Rizzo report his conversations to him? Does Yocum? Look, Scott Boras is great at his job and all, but we all know that he can say things that are…how shall we say…self-serving at times.

    • thebadguyswon - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      Because Scott Boras is the puppet master behind this entire thing.

      • geoknows - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        That was my point; I just didn’t say it right. He’s already gone out of his way to say he had nothing to do with it, to the “methinks-he-doth-protest-too-much” point. Too bad Rizzo is in his back pocket; the funnest thing at this point would be for him to come out and say, “Look, all of this was Scott’s idea in the first place! We were just doing what he wanted!”

      • thebadguyswon - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Scott Boras is the kind of person that makes me sick. No amount of money is enough for this scumbag. He knows Strasburg is a major meal ticket and intends to cash in as hard as he can. So he can add to the hundreds of millions he’s already made from the talent of other people. Too bad if a team’s playoff chances are reduced – he’s going to make his money.

      • indyralph - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:44 PM

        Clearly Boras is losing his edge. SFX was able to pull the strings on the exact same 160 IP limit for Jordan Zimmermann last year.

    • geoknows - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      I meant to say also that Boras is not above the occasional flight-of-fancy in truth-stretching, eg, the whole “Oiver Perez = Sandy Koufax” debacle.

  3. thebadguyswon - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Talk about a guy that has way too much influence over baseball. Scott Boras can go away anytime.

  4. pantswearer - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    This is clearly the media’s fault

  5. bensonlukose - Sep 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Everyone get your popcorn ready

  6. mazblast - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    If Dr. Yocum and Mike Rizzo say one thing and Scott Boras says another, guess who I’m going to believe.

    • paperlions - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Yocum and Rizzo aren’t saying the same thing; Rizzo and Boras are.

      • mazblast - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        I stand corrected. That doesn’t change the fact that Boras will say anything to further his own agenda, truth not only be damned but not even be a consideration.

  7. sgtr0c - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Boras only cares about his client, not the Nationals. He is throwin his slop in to extend Straus’s career, like to the point he is a free agent and he can shop him. He is not doing the Nat’s fans any favor here.

  8. indyralph - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Reading between the lines: Mike Rizzo decides to shut down Strasburg after 160 IP. Mike Rizzo realizes his team is good and this decision may be unpopular given playoff implications. Mike Rizzo decides he will talk to doctors and use those discussions for PR purposes. Mike Rizzo asks doctors, including Dr. Yocum, questions about elbows. Mike Rizzo never asks Dr. Yocum if Strasburg should stop pitching – he is not interested in that answer. Washington Post asks Dr. Yocum if Mike Rizzo asked if Strasburg should stop pitching. Dr. Yocum says no. Scott Boras says stuff prefaced by “To my knowledge”. There you go. No liars. Just foolishness.

    • voteforno6 - Sep 13, 2012 at 8:39 PM

      Reading between the lines, or totally making crap up?

  9. spudatx - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Maybe they just had poor communication? Yocum could have certainly let the team know of the worst case scenario, then said he thinks Straus is fine to pitch. I could see where the team isn’t willing to accept the same risk as a doctor who doesn’t have money tied up in the game and isn’t concerned with managing a baseball team full of young talent that has hopes of making repeated runs at the playoffs.

  10. ultimatefrisbee88 - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Dr. Yocum is actually Scott Boras’ employee and this an attempt to have Strasburg demand a trade and start pitching again this season?

    • Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      Dr, Yocum is actually Stephen Strasburg, cleverly disguised.

  11. natslady - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Too bad I have to work, and can’t follow this Watergate saga minute-by-minute…

  12. Old Gator - Sep 13, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Boras bears an odd resemblance to Karellan.

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