Stephen Strasburg to have Tommy John surgery Friday

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Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced earlier this afternoon that Stephen Strasburg will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.

Strasburg underwent a second MRI arthogram during a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday, which confirmed last week’s diagnosis of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

“It was very similar findings,” Rizzo said. “He gave him the physical tests
and was surprised that he could deal with all the physical testing. He
tested very well. Because of the physical tests, he gave him another
arthrogram and found the same thing. And his recommendation was he
needed surgery.”

The surgery will be performed by Yocum, with Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih assisting. The pair also performed Jordan Zimmermann’s surgery last August.

And with that, Strasburg’s rookie season is officially over. The 22-year-old right-hander was 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA over 12 starts with the Nationals, compiling a 92/17 K/BB ratio over 68 innings.

Strasburg will begin physical therapy immediately, but isn’t expected to resume throwing again for four months. The general timeline for a return from Tommy John surgery is approximately 12-18 months, so he’ll likely miss the entire 2011 campaign.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.