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Strasburg faces major surgery

WASHINGTON — Nationals RHP and rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg is out for the season — and maybe 2011 — with a torn ligament in his right elbow.

Strasburg, 22, will get a second opinion today but likely needs ligament replacement surgery — or Tommy John surgery — which requires 12-18 months of rehab.

"It's a new challenge," Strasburg said. "I want to be the best at everything. And right now, I want to be the best at rehabbing and getting back out here."

The No. 1 overall pick in 2009, Strasburg struck out 14 in his debut June 8. He drew huge crowds everywhere and is 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA and 92 strikeouts over 68 innings. The Nationals kept him on strict pitch counts and had planned to shut him down at about 105 innings.

He went on the disabled list a month ago because of inflammation in the back of his right shoulder. On Aug. 21, he was making his third start since returning when he grabbed his wrist after a pitch. The Nationals initially called it a strained flexor tendon in the forearm. An initial MRI exam raised enough questions to necessitate a second, which detected the torn ligament.

"I didn't take a matter of minutes (for it to sink in)," he said. "I took definitely a few hours. I've got great support all around me, and they reminded me of everything I should be thankful for, and they put everything in perspective for me. Bottom line, this is a game. I'm very blessed to play this game for a living. In the grand scheme of things, it's just a blip on the radar screen."

Twins-Angels trade: Minnesota got LH reliever Brian Fuentes for a player to be named. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Fuentes, 35, who is 4-1 with 23 saves and a 3.52 ERA, will be a set-up man for closer Matt Capps.

Brewer robbed: RHP Yovani Gallardo and Alex Sanchez, a clubhouse attendant, were robbed at gunpoint early Friday morning, a few hours after Gallardo pitched against the Dodgers. According to Milwaukee's WTMJ-AM, a man approached them in a supermarket parking lot demanding money and jewelry. Sanchez was hit in the head with the gun but not seriously injured. Milwaukee police said it didn't have a suspect. Gallardo, who was not hurt, said the two were getting food before heading home but did not disclose any other details.

Cardinals: Manager Tony La Russa and star 1B Albert Pujols plan to attend today's rally in Washington hosted by conservative pundit Glenn Beck, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. The two met with Beck in the team's clubhouse two months ago.

Mets: LF Jason Bay said he hasn't felt symptoms from a concussion and hopes to return this year. He ran into a wall while going for a catch July 23. Also, SS Jose Reyes sat a day after aggravating a right oblique strain and is day to day.

Reds: RHP Mike Leake went on the DL with a tired shoulder but is expected to return this season.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia said his broken left foot is not healing quickly and surgery might be required. He was hurt June 25, returned Aug. 17 but went back on the DL after two games. A decision is expected next week.

Rockies: RH reliever Manuel Corpas went on the DL with a sprained ligament in his right elbow. There is no timetable for his return.

Tigers: RHP Jeremy Bonderman was scratched from today's start because of a sore muscle in his right side.

Strasburg faces major surgery 08/27/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 27, 2010 11:17pm]
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