Has the curse of the Bambino moved to DC?
Stephen Strasburg 'probably' needs Tommy John surgery, will miss 12 to 18 months.
Say it ain't so!!
This surgery has been around a long time and is well understood, but I had no idea it has become such a common red badge of courage for MLB pitchers these days:
Nine pitchers who underwent Tommy John surgery were selected for the 2010 All-Star Game: Chris Carpenter, Tim Hudson, Josh Johnson, Arthur Rhodes, Brian Wilson, Joakim Soria, Hong-Chih Kuo, Rafael Soriano and Billy Wagner. Potential National League rookie of the Jamie Garcia also had the operation.
Just last night 8/26/10, the Nats Jordan Zimmermann returned from his recovery from Tommy John surgery and faced Carpenter, who endured the operation and rehab in 2007 and 2008 and finished second in National League Cy Young voting in 2009.