For Washington Nationals fans, the news cannot get much worse regarding Stephen Strasburg. About a month ago we pondered whether or not Nationals fans should be concerned about Strasburg’s shoulder. We came to the conclusion that there was no need to panic just yet. After watching the 22-year-old suffer an elbow injury that is likely going to require Tommy John surgery, Nats fans can feel free to freak out.
According to MLB.com, Strasburg has a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. It was originally thought that he had a flexor strain before he underwent an arthrogram that revealed the bad news. So what does this all mean for Washington and the future of its young phenom?
Remember the old Kerry Wood? Tommy John surgery. How about Erik Bedard and his abbreviated stretch of dominance? Tommy John surgery. Carl Pavano? Tommy John. B.J. Ryan? Tommy John.