Friday, September 3, 2010

Strasburg had Surgery

Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg, yesterday underwent reconstructive elbow surgery that could keep out of the rotation until the 2012 season.

In Inglewood, California, the surgeon Lewis Yocum performed the operation that took a piece of ligament of the left leg of right-hander for transplantation to the elbow of his pitching arm. The Nationals said Strasburg, 22, will be discharged today and begin rehabilitation Monday at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California, near his home in San Diego.

Strasburg had his highly anticipated major league debut on June 8 at home against Pittsburgh and struck out 14 batters in seven strong innings. He finished his first season in the majors with a 5-3 record and 2.91 ERA in 12 starts, which struck out 92 opponents in 68 innings.

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