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Saturday, August 11, 2012

THoVG: Tommy John Talks Stephen Strasburg

Co-collateral evidence.

For the uninformed, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said, before the season, that the 24-year-old phenom would be placed on an innings limit…playoffs or not.

Why?  Because dude is still rehabbing from his 2010 Tommy John surgery.

And while there are plenty of skeptics out there, no one could be more puzzled that the 2012 Hall of Very Good inductee himself.

“They have a lot of money invested in him and are airing in the side of caution.  Is it right?  I personally don’t think so,” Tommy John said.  “After I had (Tommy John surgery), the only way we knew to get my arm stronger was to throw.  So I threw every day.  And the more I threw…the better my arm felt.  I never missed a start in the thirteen years after arm surgery because of my arm being sore or stiff because I threw off a mound to a catcher every single day.”

The 23-year-old Strasburg is 12-5 with 160 strikeouts through 127 innings…but all that might be moot if he won’t be available for the postseason.

“It’ll be hard to tell the other 24 guys on the ballclub, ‘you busted your ass and we’re not going to pitch our best pitcher the last month of the season’,” John continued.  “If I was Strasburg, I’d be lobbying to pitch.  What you play for all season is to pitch in the postseason.”

Repoz Posted: August 11, 2012 at 08:53 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: August 11, 2012 at 09:37 AM (#4206045)
“They have a lot of money invested in him and are airing in the side of caution

just....wow
   2. NJ in DC (Now unemployed!) Posted: August 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM (#4206060)
Probably not a good idea to put these words together like this for the headline. I'm not a Nats fan and at a quick glance I thought "Holy ####, Strasburg is having TJS?!!?"
   3. Boxkutter Posted: August 11, 2012 at 11:19 AM (#4206085)
“It’ll be hard to tell the other 24 guys on the ballclub, ‘you busted your ass and we’re not going to pitch our best pitcher the last month of the season’,” John continued.


WTF? Is Jordan Zimmermann getting benched too???
   4. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: August 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM (#4206119)
When TJ had his TJS, he went 19 months between major league appearances. Strassburg was barely a year removed from his surgery when he came back last September. I'm not sure that the prototype is really prototypical anymore. And of course, Tommy John was a very different kind of pitcher than Stephen Strasburg is.

It seems like for the longest time, TJS recovery was assumed to take 18 months. I wonder if that was just an artefact of the timing of Tommy John's own injury.
   5. MNB Posted: August 11, 2012 at 12:05 PM (#4206129)
How many years and innings had Tommy John pitched before he had the surgery?
   6. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 11, 2012 at 12:27 PM (#4206144)
It seems like for the longest time, TJS recovery was assumed to take 18 months. I wonder if that was just an artefact of the timing of Tommy John's own injury.
No, they've just gotten a lot better at the surgery.
   7. Mayor Blomberg Posted: August 11, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4206237)
TJ went down in his age 31 year as a pitcher averaging ~5K/9IP, so not the same at all. Interesting to hear all these opinions being erred.
   8. Knock on any Iorg Posted: August 11, 2012 at 02:40 PM (#4206302)
So this Tommy John character thinks he knows all about it just because his parents named him after this procedure? Mike Rizzo knows what he's doing in making Strasburg heir to a new baseball legacy. So STFU!
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: August 11, 2012 at 04:36 PM (#4206385)
So this Tommy John character thinks he knows all about it just because his parents named him after this procedure? Mike Rizzo knows what he's doing in making Strasburg heir airto a new baseball legacy. So STFU!


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