The other NL East phenom (we all know who the top one is) is tossing a baseball for the first time since Tommy John Surgery.â†µ
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg's surgery on Sept. 3 of last year cut short one of the most exciting debut seasons for a major leaguer in quite some time. Naturally, there were plenty of articles and reports after the injury that Strasburg's mechanics were a ticking time bomb for his elbow, and there is justification for that, but it really wasn't so glaring that everybody could point it out. He's simply a young pitcher who has thrown a good number of innings during his developmental period.â†µ
Strasburg may not see any innings at all in 2011 due to his late surgery date last year, but the chance for rehab innings is possible. He has a long way to go, but this is always a big step for a guy who has been doing this since he could walk. I know pitchers who have the surgery must go stir crazy when they cannot even toss a ball for a long time.â†µ
Our own Tommy John victim, Kris Medlen, had his surgery in mid-August and is working toward a possible return by the end of the 2011 season. It is possible for him to get major league innings before the season ends if everything goes smoothly.