Washington Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg Likely To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

August 28th, 2010 - 7:41 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
stepWashington, Aug 28, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is likely to miss out on the 2011 season after he has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Owing to his condition, the 22-year-old pitching phenom is supposedly going to undergo the ‘Tommy John’ surgery which involves the replacement of the elbow ligament, Mike Rizzo, the manager of the Washington Nationals revealed on Friday.

In a news conference that was organized at the Nationals Park on Friday, the Washington Nationals manager said that the final decision about whether Stephen Strasburg would indeed be going under the knives for Tommy John surgery would be taken after a second opinion is sought from Dr. Lewis Yocum. However, if the doctor prescribes that the pitching phenom should be undergoing the surgery then the player would have the procedure without any delay. While reacting to his condition, Stephen Strasburg later told the media that it was a new challenge for him while hinting that now he really wants to concentrate on rehabbing from the ailment. The news that the pitching phenom might have to stay away from the 2011 season has come as a huge disappointment to all the fans of Washington Nationals as Stephen Strasburg made a stunning debut in the month of June when he was able to strike as many as 14 batters.

The average time that a pitcher needs to recover from the Tommy John’s surgery is said to be at least 12 months which points out that chances are high Stephen Strasburg would be missing out on the 2011 season.

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