August 27th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Nationals star Strasburg could miss 2011 season

Stephen Strasburg, the Washington Nationals pitching phenom whose debut in June electrified the country, has a torn ligament in his elbow and will likely require Tommy John surgery, the team announced this morning.

The surgery "probably" means he will miss all of this season and possibly the entire 2011 season.

Tommy John surgery is named for former major league pitcher Tommy John who first underwent the procedure in 1974. It involves replacing a ligament in the elbow with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. Pitchers can return to top-form after the surgery. John won over 100 games after his operation, and Chris Carpenter recovered from the surgery to be the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals staff. He won 17 games last season, and he’s won 14 already this year.

Strasburg was baseball’s number one draft pick in 2009 and signed a record $15 million dollar contract. The hopes of the franchise which perennially finishes at or near the bottom of the standings ride in great part on his right arm. In his debut on June 9 in front of a sold-out stadium he beat the Pittsburgh Pirates and recorded 14 strikeouts.

The Washington Post has full coverage on today’s news and its impact on a region that was looking to Strasburg as its baseball savior.

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  1. chrisk

    And he didn't even need Dusty to ruin him so young. Fun while it lasted. At least he's still a multi-millionaire.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Big B

    His mechanics needed to be corrected before they promoted him. Needed to use more of his lower body and legs. Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemmens are some fine examples of this. And not all come back from Tommy John surgery.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    Tommy John surgery is much more common these days and it is nearly always successful. UCL surgery is really no big deal anymore. Players who have the procedure done often come back just as strong or stronger (replacing a ligament with a tendon is actually a positive). Honestly, many people would be surprised at the number of pitchers that have undergone this procedure successfully and returned as good or better than before. He likely won't be back until 2012, but he should be good to go by then. If this had been his shoulder, then it would be something to really worry about.

    August 27, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Justin

    Here's to every baseball coach who wants to win at any cost, to all the parents who push their sons to excel in hopes of stardom, and to the players, themselves, who let them use you to meet their own needs. Shame!

    August 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pinkie

    @Englishisyourfriend

    this isnt skool ill spell how i want. and im a millionare wat are u?

    August 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ummmm huh?

      millionaires can spell millionaire.........or at least hire somebody who can

      August 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Leeeron Jerome

    Thats what you get for trying to "baby" someone. Man up throw the ball you're being paid millions. Clearly theres something wrong with his mechanics putting too much stress on his elbow the way he throws. Should have had better pitching coaches. Looks like the stupidity in Washington is spreading from capitol hill.

    August 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. timothy Lingard

    QUESTION-Who was the manager of the Chicago Cubs when Kerry Wood came up and was such a great pitcher? Now, let me ask you who is the Washington Nationals manager, now? The answer is the same for both questions. JIM RIGGLEMAN ! No wonder Strausberg is thrown out. Riggleman has ruined another great young pitcher.

    August 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sparky

    it's the nationals....does it REALLY matter?

    August 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. footdronline

    STRAUSBURG LIKELY NEEDS TOMMY JOHN SURGERY. Read more at http://footdronline.com/blog.html

    August 27, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BigD

    15 mil and a year of vacation after 1 year of work sounds like a good deal to me.

    August 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
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