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.    

Report: Aaron Judge, Yankees reach 9-year, $360M deal

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SAN DIEGO — Aaron Judge has agreed to return to the New York Yankees on a nine-year, $360 million contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press because the deal had not been announced.

Judge will earn $40 million per season, the highest average annual payout for a position player. The contract trails only Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts’ $365 million pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers for biggest in baseball history.

Judge was offered a long-term deal by New York before last season that was worth $213.5 million over seven years from 2023-29. But he turned it down in the hours before opening day in April.

The 6-foot-7 Judge bet on himself — and won.

Judge set an American League record with 62 homers in 2022, powering the Yankees to the AL East title. He also tied for the major league lead with 131 RBIs and just missed a Triple Crown with a .311 batting average.

New York was swept by Houston in the AL Championship Series, but Judge became the first AL MVP for the Yankees since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Judge, 30, was selected by New York in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft and made his big league debut in 2016, homering in his first at-bat.

A year later, he was one of baseball’s breakout stars. He hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 2017, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. The four-time All-Star has 220 homers and 497 RBIs in seven big league seasons.