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.
August 31, 2010; 5:55 PM ET
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