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Stephen Strasburg's Tommy John surgery scheduled for Friday

Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to undergo his Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Dr. Lewis Yocum, who also performed Jordan Zimmerman's ligament-replacement surgery, will perform the surgery with Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih assisting in the operating room.

On Monday, Yocum gave Strasburg physical tests and "was surprised he could deal" with them, Rizzo said. "He tested very well." Yocum then administered a second arthrogram, which revealed the same significant tear in the ulnar collateral ligament.

Following the surgery, Strasburg will rehab at home at the Scripps Clinic outside San Diego. Strasburg is scheduled to report to Viera, Fla. for spring training with the rest of the Nationals in late January or February. If he remains on the typical schedule, Strasburg will be able to throw again in four months.

"He's dealing with it like a professional," Rizzo said. "He's very determined to get it done and start the process of rehabbing."

The surgery will keep Strasburg out for at least a full year and likely all of the 2011 season. In his first season with the Nationals, Strasburg posted a 5-3 record with a 2.91 ERA and 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings, the best rate among all major league starting pitchers.

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 31, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
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I bet its a sellout in the gallery

Posted by: SCNatsFan | August 31, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse for further details

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | August 31, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Good luck!

Posted by: richs91 | August 31, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

So Yocum will do the surgery. A little suprising, but at least Dr. Yocum is closer to home (L.A.) for Strasburg (San Diego) than Dr. Andrews (fly-over country).

Posted by: BinM | August 31, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Dibble is a breath of fresh air. He states his opinion. The audience is free to agree or disagree. I think less of the Nationals and MASN for their attempts to control commentary. I'm especially concerned that the Nationals would want to ensure MASN only presents opinions in line with the team's views. Overall a sorry commentary on National's control of commentary.

Posted by: thejackson | August 31, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I pull for Strasburg and hope her returns to the starting staff of the Nats as soon as he can. But as I watched him pitch, I didn't understand how muscle, ligament, cartilage, tissue can stand the kind of torque that propels a baseball at more than 100 miles an hour pitch after pitch, without the apparatus breaking down somewhere.

I still don't understand.

Posted by: JPMcC | September 1, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

If Stras goes about his rehab as he has done everything else in his pro career, we might even see him next Fall on a September call-up. I'm sure we all have our fingers crossed that he returns in about the same form as he left.

Posted by: shanks1 | September 1, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Strasburg said that he has felt this pain before. The doctor quoted in the article reports that his arm was unusually strong for someone needing tommyjohn surgery. Is it possible he's had this condition for a long time, and when he winced the other day was just a manifestation of a preexisting condition?

Posted by: longbow1 | September 1, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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