What a shame. Usually with TJ surgery you need a year to recover and most pitchers spend the whole season after that regaining their arm strength, mechanics, etc. It's not the end of the world though. A lot of pitchers comeback strong from this surgery. Didn't Josh Johnson of the Marlins have the same thing? And now he's the ace of the Marlins staff.
But this is why you err on the sidfe of caution with young pitchers. I know it's frustrating with things like innings limits, "Joba Rules", etc. but if it saves a future ace or top of the rotation pitcher or star reliever from getting seriously injured, then do it. Not everyone can throw like Nolan Ryan.
I really hope this kid doesn't end up like Pryor or Wood!
Oh, man, that's awful.
That said, it's a pretty standard procedure but he won't be good until 2013.
and I have him in my keeper league for $6.... oh well.... I hope this is not a result of the way these pitchers get babied...
Yeah, the Nationals went above and beyond to try and baby this kids arm, and he still got hurt. All that babying didn't prevent anything in this case. If anything, it's a example for those against the "Joba Rules" moreso then a reason for them.
I have a belief that it's not really the overthrowing that causes the injuries, but rather poor mechanics (and in some cases, probably poor genes) that cause the injuries. People were concerned about Strasburg's mechanics well before he got drafted. In fact, his mechanics drew some comparisons to Mark Prior's..... and sure enough, he got hurt.
I bet Dibble must feel like an ass
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=tsn-166372Dibble away from booth after criticizing Strasburg
Aug 26, 11:22 am EDT
Nationals TV analyst and former major league reliever Rob Dibble will take two days off following his criticism of injured Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg(notes), according to The Baltimore Sun.
Speaking on Sirius XM Radio on Monday, Dibble said, "You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow."
Strasburg spent time on the disabled list earlier this month because of shoulder stiffness and landed on the disabled list again this week because of a sore forearm.
An MRI exam on Strasburg's forearm earlier this week revealed a strained flexor tendon. He scheduled for a follow-up MRI exam today, though there is speculation that he will be shut down for the season regardless of what the MRI reveals.
MASN spokesman Todd Webster told the newspaper that Dibble is "taking a few days off." Webster said Dibble requested the time off, but he wouldn't comment on whether it was because of Dibble's criticism of the rookie righthander.
Strasburg, who struck out 14 batters in his major league debut in June, is 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 12 starts (68 innings) this season.
I don't really think it would have helped him to stay in AA or AAA ball and throw the same way and continue to put up 1.30 E.R.A. and a 5:1 K/BB Ratio.
Maybe it just comes down to this, a guy who can throw 101 and has a nasty curve just can't last. It's a physical limitation of the human body.
Either way it sucks. I was one of those guys who would check when he was pitching just to see him dominate.
I read they tried to teach him a circle change and some in the orginazation thought it was a bad move from the start.