Friday, September 3, 2010, 6:03 p.m.
By Mark Zuckerman
PITTSBURGH -- Stephen Strasburg had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Friday in Los Angeles, and according to Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo the rookie pitcher came out of the procedure "with flying colors."
"It went smooth and uneventful," Rizzo said before the Nationals game against the Pirates.
Orthopedist Lewis Yocum performed the ligament replacement surgery, with assistance from Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih. The procedure, in which the torn ulnar collateral ligament in Strasburg's right elbow was replaced by a tendon from his leg, took approximately three hours to complete.
Strasburg will remain in the Los Angeles hospital overnight, then will return to his home in San Diego, where he will immediately begin physical therapy at the nearby Scripps Clinic.
Strasburg won't be allowed to resume throwing a ball for about four months, at which point he'll report to the Nationals' spring training complex in Viera, Fla. Full recovery from the surgery is expected to take between 12 and 18 months.
Mark Zuckerman covered the Nationals for The Washington Times from 2005-09. In addition to regular work this season for CSNwashington.com, he also covers the team at www.natsinsider.com. Email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.