Tommy John Surgery

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Erick Fedde heads to Viera, Fla., Wednesday to begin the long, slow rehab from Tommy John surgery, but before embarking on that monotonous journey, the Nationals' top draft pick got to enjoy a whi

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Updated at 12:13 a.m.

The story of the Nationals' latest first-round draft pick should sound quite familiar to those who have followed this franchise over the last five years.

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Nationals minor league pitcher Matt Purke will have Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, the team announced.

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The success rate for recovery from Tommy John surgery is about 92 percent these days, but there are always exceptions.

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Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci publishes an annual column looking at young pitchers coming off years where they saw a dramatic increase in their innings pitched from the previous season.

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