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Stephen Strasburg's Tommy John surgery successful

Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg underwent successful Tommy John surgery this morning in Los Angeles, Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Youcum and Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih performed the operation, which took three hours.

"He came through it with flying colors," Rizzo said. "It went smooth and uneventful."

Strasburg's ulnar collateral ligament was replaced by a tendon from his thigh. He will spend the night at the hospital and return home to San Diego tomorrow. His rehab will start at a facility outside San Diego, and Strasburg will miss at least one year, likely all of the 2011 season.

By Adam Kilgore  |  September 3, 2010; 6:05 PM ET
 
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Comments

Oh, was something going on with one of our pitchers?

Posted by: marathoner | September 3, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Curse of Les Boulez!!

Posted by: rdondero123 | September 3, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

How do you come through a surgery with flying colors?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | September 3, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Alive.

Posted by: rphilli721 | September 3, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Praise the Lord! Get well, Stephen.

Posted by: RedCherokee | September 4, 2010 3:31 AM | Report abuse

Good Luck my boy, we will see you soon.

Posted by: RepubRedskin | September 4, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

If anyone is interested in the actual procedure, youtube has a video (no real-life surgery, just drawings):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak7UBS2HLuo&feature=related

Found it pretty informative.

Posted by: TimDz | September 4, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Get well Strazzy! See you and Bryce in 2012. Go Nats

Posted by: MaxnDC | September 4, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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