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Stephen Strasburg likely needs Tommy John surgery, could miss 2011 season

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Thumbnail image for stephen-strasburg-scott-boras.jpgThe Washington Nationals' Stephen Strasburg dream veered closer to the realm of nightmares today as general manager Mike Rizzo announced that the fireballer will "probably" need Tommy John surgery.

Strasburg will miss the rest of this season and possibly the 2011 campaign if he undergoes the surgery.

Tommy John surgery requires a grueling, 12-to-18 month rehab, but the success rate for pitchers returning to full strength and capability is roughly 90 percent. While the surgery will rob Strasburg of most if not all of next season, the chances he will be able to continue his career as a flame-throwing strikeout artist are strong.
The rookie compiled a 5-3 record, a 2.91 ERA, 17 walks and 92 strikeouts in 68 innings this year.

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When Strasburg came up I couldn't believe what I read and heard from some of the baseball "experts". A couple were already proclaiming that he was the best pitcher in baseball. After 2-3 starts! This is why - even with the explosion in the number of media sources - I just stick to watching the games and coming to my own conclusions. The guy has to pitch a few seasons before he is fricken' Cy Young. Baseball Network were the main culprits. I have never heard such sap in all my 40 some years of watching and following baseball......


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