Friday, August 27, 2010

A Bummer In D.C.

The Washington Nationals did everything in the book to protect their prized jewel, Stephen Strasburg. In the end, even "everything" wasn't good enough.

The headline of the day, "Strasburg likely to have Tommy John surgery".

Talk about bad luck!

The one thing I've noticed over the years is that Tommy John surgery is no joke. If Strasburg (5-3, 2.91 ERA, 92 SO in 12 starts) does indeed need the procedure, he's looking at 12-18 months of rehab. In other words, he will most likely miss the entire 2011 season.

And what's sad about it is, there's no guarantee he'll come back and be the dominant pitcher everyone in the solar system has been expecting since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2009 by the Nationals.

I'm not saying he won't, but it's a LONG process and that's what sucks.

Right now, the two Tommy John surgery recipients that come to mind are Francisco Liriano of the Minnesota Twins and Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Both Liriano and Carpenter are having success after the surgery, but Liriano was on the shelf for the better part of 3 seasons (2007-2009) and Carpenter for two seasons (2007-2008). And they weren't even close to being the media sensation Strasburg has been this season.

So keep having patience, Nationals fans, it's going to be a while.

In the end, I have to say that I feel bad for the kid. I guess if it'll make him feel any better, someone should tell him, Tommy John won 164 games after coming back from, well, Tommy John surgery.

So good luck, kid! Hope it works out for ya!

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