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Strasburg's manager expects him back in 2011

Posted on: July 15, 2011 3:12 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2011 9:32 am
By Matt Snyder

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg underwent Tommy John surgery last Aug. 27, and recovery time from the procedure is typically 12-18 months. Apparently, the Nats expect their star to fall on the low end of the spectrum, because manager Davey Johnson said on the radio Friday that he expects Strasburg back before the end of the season.

"We're optimistic he'll come back and give us a few innings this year," Johnson said (Holden Radio on Twitter).

Now, before everyone freaks out and thinks the Nationals are rushing Strasburg back, we have no evidence of this. He's obviously progressing well, and it's entirely possible for pitchers to come back just a year after the procedure. Some guys even get back a bit sooner.

We also know the Nationals are handling Jordan Zimmermann (who had Tommy John surgery himself) with kid gloves this season, so they have a track record of being careful with players returning from major surgery. While there's no hurry to get Strasburg back for this season, if he's ready to pitch, there's no reason to avoid it.

Strasburg, the top overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft, was 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 92 strikeouts in 68 innings as a rookie last season. He figures to be an elite starting pitcher for years if he can stay healthy and regain his form.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:19 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:23 am

Strasburg's manager expects him back in 2011

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Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2011 2:07 am

Strasburg's manager expects him back in 2011

That's great news! I hope he can come back and slay 'em for years and years! (Except when he pitches against the Dodgers!)<br />

Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:47 am

Strasburg's manager expects him back in 2011

The Washington Nationals will not rush this kid if he isn't 100%, trust me on that. It's pretty much the same timeline they used with Jordan Zimmermann who also had to have Tommy John surgery. Zimmermann has started to develop into one of the best young pitchers in MLB.  

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 7:00 pm

Strasburg's manager expects him back in 2011

dude is a beast.. why not bring him out to close games then if u dont want to rush him back bring him out the pen or send him down with harper.. he is a good pitcher but his mechanics suck thats why he is injury prone.. dude threw like a 90mph curve ball.. not exactly but around there.. i pitched in highschool and 20 curve balls has ur arm hurtin!

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:33 pm

Strasburg's manager expects him back in 2011

Agreed. There is a good reason behind little leaguers not throwing curveballs until they get older.

Since: May 15, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 5:01 pm

Strasburg's manager expects him back in 2011

To come up with this one, Davy Johnson and his GM Mike Rizzo must be drinking lunch together.  

Rizzo: "Let's get him back here, fill some seats, sell some beer."  

Johnson: "Speaking of beer, I'll have another one."

Rizzo: "Hey, who's pitching tonight, Zimmermann?"

Johnson: "I forget."

If he pushes this franchise player, who last year was gracing the cover of SI etc and was all set for Cooperstown, Rizzo is a bigger idiot than I previously thought.  A recent Washington Post story spoke to the fact that Rizzo needs his hiring of Johnson to work.....could be the pressure getting to him or perhaps just too many happy hours.

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:38 pm

Strasburg's manager expects him back in 2011

his elbow was not shot from throwing 103 mph, it was from the devistating curve ball,hes is a rare combo of power and finesse. If you ever seen him live he makes it look effortless, totally blew me away I've never seen anything like it.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:34 pm

Strasburg's manager expects him back in 2011

This is just a ridiculous statement from you.  It has nothing to do with him throwing 100 or's all about mechanics! The picture that throw with their whole body, mostly thier legs, like clemens, last the longest.  Every pitcher out there that throws 90, or 100 is throwing with 100%, its just about if theyre are equaly out the strain, or using too much arm.  Also, it could be a fluke injury, as he hadnt had injurie problems ever b4 in his career.  Strasburgh will crush, and it'll be amazing to watch his mastery again

Since: Dec 26, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:17 pm

Strasburg's manager expects him back in 2011

If it was my team, I'd keep him working through rehab games on a slow and steady pace.  The only reason they would have him up in September is because Zimmerman is on an innings limit and they will need someone for a handful of starts.  You could easily put someone else out there for those starts - it's not like the Nats don't have a lot of arms they could roll out for a couple weeks - and protect Strasburg.

I guess we'll see come September if this is just blowing smoke (Season ticket #s are down) or if he really is OK to go.

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