This morning, Dan Kolko of MASN reported that three important Washington Nationals went under the knife this past week to repair some nagging injuries. Bryce Harper (knee), Stephen Strasburg (elbow) and Adam LaRoche (elbow) all had some sort of procedure done to repair their specific limb.
Luckily, neither of three procedures were major, and all three players are expected to be ready for Spring Training. To put it simply, they were maintenance procedures. The timetable for all three to resume baseball activities currently stands at 4-6 weeks.
Harper’s surgery doesn’t come as much of a shock since he fought through a battered knee after crashing into the outfield walls in Atlanta and Los Angeles in the beginning of the season. Even though he was fighting a knee that needed surgery, Harper still played well, so it should be interesting to see how much better he is following surgery.
What’s alarming about Strasburg’s surgery is that it is to the same elbow that required Tommy Johns surgery. According to Kolko, this procedure was a “cleanup procedure” and was considerably less severe. The fact that Strasburg had such a strong season outside of his deceiving win-loss record with an elbow that was bugging him only bodes well for the future.
LaRoche’s surgery could certainly explain why he struggled throughout the season. In 2012, LaRoche finished sixth in the MVP voting and won his first-career Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. He then regressed to a dismal .237 average and posted just 62 RBIs in 2013.
In 2014, LaRoche will be in the final year of his contract. and the jury is still out on his future with the Nationals. Hopefully, this surgery will allow him to come back stronger as he is a player that can produce for the Nationals and have quite an impact on a game.
All three players are expected to return in 4-6 weeks, which will have them resuming baseball activities in plenty of time for Spring Training. For the Nationals, these are three players that they need healthy for an entire season. Having the procedures to get them back to 100 percent only helps them.