Stephen Strasburg is 22 years old and had a huge fan following before he even made his first pitch in the Major Leagues. His minor league career had been dazzling and everyone was anxious to see his debut in the Majors. He did not disappoint.
After throwing 100 mph pitches in his first game on June 10th and striking out 14 Pirates’ batters, the networks even switched their schedules in order to televise his games. He was a huge revenue generator for the Washington Nationals as well. He only pitched 7 games in Washington this season, but every one had capacity crowds.
He was placed on the disabled list on August 23rd because it was thought he had strained the flexor tendon in his right forearm in his start on the 21st in Philadelphia.
But this morning the Nationals’ GM, Mike Rizzo, held a conference call to say “After reviewing the MRI Arthrogram last night, we’ve come to the conclusion that Stephen Strasburg has a significant tear of his ulnar collateral ligament that will probably require Tommy John Surgery.”
The Nationals will fly Strasburg to see Dr. Lewis Yocum in California. Rizzo said, “Let Dr. Yocum look at the film and take appropriate action after that.”
Strasburg’s season is over, but his career is probably not. After a typical 12 to 18 month period of rehab working to recover from Tommy John surgery, Strasburg may return even better than before. That’s been the result for many other pitchers who’ve undergone Tommy John surgery, but it’s hard to imagine how Stephen Strasburg could possibly get any better than he was this year!