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Justin Maxwell had Tommy John surgery

Nationals outfielder Justin Maxwell is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing elbow, according to the Nationals official public relations publications blog. Maxwell injured himself diving for a ball in the second-to-last game of the season.

Since Maxwell hurt his left elbow and not his throwing arm, the ligament-replacement surgery will not take the typical 12-to-18 months. Maxwell hopes he can be at full strength by mid-February, just before spring training begins.

Maxwell, 27, hit .144/.305/.288 (average/on-base/slugging) this season in sporadic playing while toggling between the majors and Class AAA Syracuse.

By Adam Kilgore  | October 28, 2010; 7:20 PM ET
 
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Sorry to hear about the injury. Throwing or non-throwing elbow, it doesn't really matter - Maxwell should be another "dead man walking" on the 40-man roster, imo. This news just moves him from the 'frangible' (i.e. tradable) group to the 'non-tender' group going into 2011.

Posted by: BinM | October 28, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Agreed on the "non-tender" but not because of injury. Why would any team invite a 27 year old who hit .144 last year to Spring Training?

Half of the pitching staff had a higher BA than Maxwell this year.

Posted by: MBUSA | October 28, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

We don't need him back 100%; we need him back 150%. Everyone raves about his tools but this guy just hasn't shown an ability to do much except hit with the bases loaded.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | October 28, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I would still let him play one more year at CF for Syracuse. If he can hit the whole season in AAA above .300, then invite him to spring training for 2012.

Posted by: shred11 | October 28, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

The *only* way you can justify bringing him back is if he finally gives up on trying to hit EVERY pitch over the left field wall. Huge uppercut swing on every pitch, but without the natural power to hit 40 home runs (even though he tries). He's got to show a willingness to be more of a contact hitter and put the ball in play to all fields. And then he has to show he can actually do that. At 27, I'm not sure he's going to be able to do that.

Posted by: kingrob76 | October 29, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I would still let him play one more year at CF for Syracuse. If he can hit the whole season in AAA above .300, then invite him to spring training for 2012.

Posted by: shred11 | October 28, 2010 10:06 PM
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If we're still looking at Maxwell as the answer to our outfield problems in 2012, we're in a lot worse shape than anyone imagined.

Sorry, I want to like him, but his minor league career has been pretty undistinguished and he's totally out of his depth in the majors. He's making slow progress in the minors, but he'll be 28 at the beginning of the 2012 season, which is pretty old to be looking at someone to see if he can play.

Posted by: gilbertbp | October 29, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

If you're hitting .144 at age 27, it's time to fill out the applications to dental school.

Posted by: Meridian1 | October 29, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

This seems odd to me. Why would you get TJS on your non-throwing arm? They still have to get th, which must carry somee ligaments from someplace amount of risk. I don't know anything about medicine but this seems curious.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 29, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm.typing on a phone is over-rated.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 29, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

*they have to get the ligaments from someplace. That carries risk.*

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 29, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

"If you're hitting .144 at age 27, it's time to fill out the applications to dental school."

Watch it. I'm on oral surgeon :)

Posted by: SCNatsFan | October 30, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

To SCNatsFan: Don't get your panties in a bunch! Both his parents are Dentists.

Posted by: RedNatsCap | October 30, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

So he won't have to miss an entire season?

Good news for Syracuse fans...

Posted by: noslok | November 1, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

SC Nats Fan: It wasn't intended as an insult to dentists (or oral surgeons).

Aside from the fact that both his parents are dentists, he's a really bright guy and, I believe, was a chemistry major. I really rooted for him to succeed as a ballplayer, for his sake and for the Nationals' but I don't think it's going to happen for him.

Posted by: Meridian1 | November 1, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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