Friday, August 27, 2010

Strasburg likely to have Tommy John surgery

Today, we learned that Steven Strasburg has a severe tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. He is most likely going to need Tommy John (ligament replacement) surgery. While this is a blow to the young man, many who have the surgery come back healthier than they are before.
Ron Cortes/Philadelphia Inquirer, via Associated Press
Instead of writing something up. I figured I'd provide links from those that have better knowledge of the situation and the surgery than I could ever come up with.

Here is a primer on Tommy John from 2009, by Will Carroll and Thomas Gorman. Follow Carroll on twitter @injuryexpert. He has a great deal of insight on baseball as well as all things injury related for baseball and football.

A story written by the great Joe Posnanski the other day about power pitchers.  Guys like Clemens, Nolan Ryan, and Randy Johnson are the exception, not the guys that get hurt. He is also on twitter @JPosnanski. He is one of my favorite sports writers.

Rob Dibble has been in the news about lately and has been really good at sticking his foot in his mouth. Here are some highlights on the Strasburg situation.

Nick Nelson compares this situation to Francisco Liriano's. Francisco Liriano was even more dominant in 2006 than Strasburg has been in 2010. Hopefully, Nationals fans don't have to wait 3 years to compare Strasburg to Carl Pavano. Follow Nick on twitter @nnelson9.

There is a lot more available on this injury. Twitter is the best place for quick updates on sports injuries and sports news.

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