According to the buzz-machine on Twitter, Stephen Strasburg is headed for Tommy John Surgery.
Aie. This is a shame.
Now, is this necessary Tommy John surgery or Octavio Dotel/Carl Pavano "i want it" Tommy John Surgery?
 Hardball Talk/NBC Sports said Rizzo said it was a "significant tear", and so I'd say, no.
This sucks. I just hope he can still throw as well when he gets back.
Dang. What a shame.
But maybe it'll get Dibble, et al. to shut up.
you can come back and be Josh Johnson or Chris Carpenter...or you can come back and be Bill Pulsipher or Jason Isringhausen. Sucks.
why couldn't Dibble have torn his larynx instead ...
 There are worse things than being Isringhausen. It wouldn't live up to the hype, but its still a nice little career.
Yikes. Someone is going to take a hit in the fantasy department. Strasburg was an excellent source of strikeouts.
damn, that really sucks.
let's hope he is not done before he even really started.
Looks like Strasburg threw alot of curve balls in Little League. I live in the DC area and I can remember his reservations baout signing with the Nats. He became a national hero once he started to pitch here. He easily brought in an additional 10-15K more fans when pitched. In the end, the Nats did him more harm than good. That is the DC way.
 no doubt, but considering the expectations...
 That would be me.
But looking at the big picture, this is awful news. I remember watching Strasburg's debut game and being just as excited as if he had been a Yankee prospect. It was so great to see a young kid dominate like that, so great to see the DC fan base so excited. If he really is going under the knife, this is awful, awful news.
It's a Modamn shame. Poor kid. Poor baseball. I wish him the best in his recovery.
  He'd have to be out of the baseball business for him to ever shut up. His mouth is his meal ticket.
I just ignore him.
It seems nearly every pitcher has TJ surgery, why is this even that big of a deal? It's not like he blew out his shoulder. I thought elbows were pretty much routine to fix and he may even get more life on his fastball afterwards. Sure, he has to do the rehab, but I don't see how this is such a downer...
 It's a big deal because we may not see Strasburg for two years, and there is no guarantee he will be close to the same pitcher. In fact, it is likely he will not.
MLB is investigating Ivan Nova and Wilkin De La Rosa for injecting themselves with B12 shots. Hope that doesn't mean more Javy!
 I hope he can come back faster, but seemingly as successful as Francisco Liriano has...
@BloggingBombers: Pettitte threw 25 pitches: "It was good. I didn't have any discomfort at all."
That's great news about Pettitte. Let's hope he also wakes up with no discomfort.
I read lots of comic books as a kid -- In all of them, every character who was in distress always shouted "Aie" - followed, of course, by several exclamation points. The Strasberg situation certainly merits a multiple exclamation-pointed "Aie."
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