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Stephen Strasburg needs Tommy John surgery



strasburg.You have to wonder if there's a curse around the Washington D.C. sports teams. The Redskins haven't won the Super Bowl since the 1991 season. The Wizards haven't won an NBA title since they were called the Bullets in 1978. The Capitals have never won the Stanley Cup and have been bounced out of the playoffs early the past few years despite having Alex Ovechkin and one of the better regular-season teams in the league. And now the poor Nationals. Just as it appeared things were turning around for this franchise with the drafting of flame-throwing pitcher Stephen Strasburg and catcher Bryce Harper, now comes devastating news. Strasburg likely will undergo Tommy John surgery and probably be out 12 to 18 months. Click here for the Washington Post story.

Wonder what Nationals color analyst Rob Dibble is thinking now. During his Sirius XM Radio show earlier this week (before it was learned how serious Strasburg's injury was), Dibble seemed to criticize Strasburg for coming out of a game because he felt soreness in his arm. Dibble went on a rather lengthy rant about Strasburg, including this remark:

"Okay, you throw a pitch, it bothers your arm, and you immediately call out the manager and the trainer? Suck it up, kid. This is your profession. You chose to be a baseball player. You can't have the cavalry come in and save your butt every time you feel a little stiff shoulder, sore elbow.''

The Nationals were believed to be furious with Dibble's comments. Dibble was not on the air for two games this week, and it isn't known if he was asked to sit out by the Nationals or chose to take himself off the air. Dibble later said there was a difference between having pain and having an injury. Turns out, Strasburg has both.

[Last modified: Friday, August 27, 2010 1:14pm]


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