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Stephen Strasburg gets beat by “Tommy John”

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.

Steve

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2 thoughts on “Stephen Strasburg gets beat by “Tommy John”

  1. I’m not sure you know much about pitching and injuries that can occur. Let me take a guess on your “pitching experience”, I bet you’re some slow-pitch softball pitcher that can’t even hit a strike zone, yet here you are blogging about a pro pitcher.

    This type of accident can happen on any pitch at any time. Heck it happens to people that aren’t even MLB pitchers. I don’t think this came from rushing Strasburg. Just my opinion though.

    Posted by You can't handle the truth. | August 27, 2010, Fri, 27 Aug 2010 15:26:13 +0000:26 p
    • Here is what I can tell you about pitching. Whether it be softball or professional baseball. When a tendon is over used and stretched it causes greater risk for tearing or popping.

      In the case of Stephen Strasburg, a pitcher who in 2008 with San Diego St. pitched 98.3 innings, 2009 Minor Leagues 109 innings, and 2010 Minors/MLB 123 innings before his injury. In comparison Livan Hernandez of the Nationals has pitched 169 Innings with no major arm injuries this season, and last season (2009) a second year pitcher John Lannan lead the team with 206.3 innings pitched.

      Each season Strasburg increased his pitch count, but only by minimal percentage points. A person of his size and velocity in which he throws, needs to be nurtured and developed. The Nationals were more worried about ticket sales and Media exposure. Which took precedent over Stephen’s development.

      It is true I have never thrown in the majors, but I stand by my opinions.. Besides what sports do you play? My guess is your either are a golf hack or you play poker online.

      Steve

      Posted by 10yardslant | August 27, 2010, Fri, 27 Aug 2010 18:06:02 +0000:06 p

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