Nats before and after TJ surgery, Mystics out of playoffs, Skins to face Cards in last pre-season game, DC United eyes third US Open CupMonday, August 30th, 2010
An MRI of Nats rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg’s elbow showed a torn ulnar collateral ligament the team management described as “significant.” This injury will, according to the Nats, mean Strasburg should undergo Tommy John surgery. Signs of the injury showed up Aug. 21 in the fifth inning of his last outing on a 1-1 pitch to the Philadelphia Phillies Domonic Brown. The Nats ended up winning that game 8-1. Strasburg’s first season record ended at 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts.
Tommy John surgery replaces the ulnar collateral ligament with a tendon harvested from another part of the patient’s body. This happens to a lot of pitchers in baseball. The procedure was developed by Dr. Frank Jobe, but named for the first pitcher whose career it saved. Like Strasburg, Nats pitcher Jordan Zimmermann was off to a blazing start last year, but he needed Tommy John surgery by August. Last Thursday against St. Louis, Zimmermann made his first start since July 18 of last year. He went four innings giving up five runs and five hits. The Nationals won that game 11-10 in 13 innings as Ian Desmand provided a spark with a walk-off hit.
Desmond replaced Josh Willingham’s spot in the lineup because Willingham is out for the year because he will be having left knee surgery.
Sadly, the Washington Mystics season came to an excruciating halt as they got swept by the number four seed Atlanta Dream. After finishing the regular season with a six-game winning streak, the Mystics lost game one of the playoffs at the Verizon Center 90-95 last Wednesday. They then had to travel to Atlanta for an elimination game, falling Friday night 77-101. The Mystics opened that game by scoring a 9-0 run. The Dream countered with a 24-0 run in the second quarter. It’s the first time since 2004 that a number four seed upset the number one seed in WNBA divisional playoffs.
The Redskins got back the winning ways in pre-season as they defeated the New York Jets in NY 16-11. The Skins (2-1-0) final pre-season game comes Sep. 2 as hey travel to the Arizona Cardinals (2-1-0). Game time is scheduled for a 10:00 p.m. EDT kickoff to air on Comcast SportsNet.
Next up for DC United is a US Open Cup semifinal match as they take on the Columbus Crew at RFK Stadium Sept. 1 with a 7:30 p.m. faceoff. That game will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel. DC United won the cup in 1996 and 2008.