The success rate for recovery from Tommy John surgery is about 92 percent these days, but there are always exceptions.
If the Nationals hold any edge over the Braves entering the season, it's most likely the dominant starting rotation they intend to send to the mound every night for 162 games.
As the MLB regular season gets set for its final month, the Nationals and Braves are preparing for what should be an exciting two-team race for the N.L. East crown.
The Braves may have lost out on Ryan Dempster, but on Monday they were able to acquire another Chicago Cubs starting pitcher in lefty Paul Maholm.