Word is breaking that Stephen Strasburg will have season ending “Tommy John” surgery to repair a torn ligament in his throwing elbow.
It was just 2 months ago, that he was being heralded as the greatest pitcher in decades. His Blazing fastball, and command of his off-speed pitches made him virtually un- hittable. Striking out 10 in his 1st start and 40 in his 4 starts.
But since the All Star Game in Anaheim, its been a downward spiral for the rookie phenom. 2 stints on the DL, and now this. Its safe to say the Nationals have paid the price on rushing the San Diego native to the big leagues.
I’ll be the 1st to say that I have enjoyed watching him pitch, but rushing a raw talent such as Stephen, can come with major risks. Tommy John surgery can’t end a career, but can easily make you just an average pitcher. Only time will tell on what happens from this point forward. But its safe to say, we wont see 100mph in a Nationals uniform for the rest of the 2010 season.