Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nats Pitcher Needs Surgery

Mark Zuckerman first reported today that Nationals pitching prospect Sammy Solis will likely need Tommy Johns surgery to repair a ligament in his throwing elbow.

Solis first complained of discomfort in the elbow last November. After seeing multiple doctors the organization thought it best for him to take a break from then till spring training. The plan was to have Solis resume his throwing routine there, but, the discomfort still remained.

The report went on to say that Solis traveled to California yesterday to meet with specialist Lewis Yocum. A source close with the situation says Solis is expected to have Tommy John surgery.

Another National that has had this procedure done is Stephen Strasburg. While many regard this surgery as somewhat of a career ender, Strasburg has made a full recovery.

The way the Nationals handled Strasburg's road to recovery was exceptional. They did not rush it and he turned out well.

Solis is the Nationals sixth ranked prospect according to Baseball America. A second round draft pick in 2010, Solis had an 8-3 record with a 3.26 era in 17 starts for low-Class A Hagerstown and high-Class A Potomac.

The time schedule for recovery from this surgery is usually a year and a half. For the Nationals, there really isn't a cause for concern quite yet. They have a strong pitching staff and should really focus on helping Solis to a full recovery.

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