Stephen Strasburg undergoes Tommy John surgery

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Stephen Strasburg underwent successful Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

“He came through it with flying colors,” Rizzo said. “It went smooth and uneventful.”

Not that I would wish this on anyone, but have we ever seen a surgery described as unsuccessful? Just saying.

Anyway, Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the nearly three-hour surgery, with assistance from Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih. Strasburg will soon begin the lengthy rehabilitation process at a facility near his home in San Diego.

Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider reports that Strasburg is expected to resume throwing in approximately four months, at which point he will report team’s spring training complex in Viera, Florida. The expected timetable after surgery is anywhere from 12-18 months, which essentially knocks him out for the entire 2011 season.

Losing Strasburg is a bummer for Nats fans, but Jordan Zimmermann’s rapid recovery and subsequent brilliant start against the Marlins this week should at least provide some hope and comfort for the months ahead.    

Diamondbacks sign Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed pitchers Kris Medlen and Antonio Bastardo to minor-league deals. Medlen will make $1.1 million if he breaks camp with the Snakes. Bastardo will earn at $1.5 million if he makes the team.

Medlen hasn’t pitched in the bigs since 2016 and hasn’t pitched effectively in the bigs since 2013 due to multiple Tommy John surgeries and, more recently, shoulder ailments. Last year he put up a 4.95 ERA in 20 games in the Braves’ minor league system. If he’s healthy he could be a depth guy for the Dbacks in the event one of their big league starters go down.

Bastardo pitched in nine games, ineffectively, for the Pirates before being released last season. He didn’t catch on anywhere else after that so, hey, I guess he’s fresh?