Nationals prospect Sammy Solis to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

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UPDATE: It’s official, Solis will have Tommy John surgery next week.

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Sammy Solis, a 2010 second-round pick Baseball America recently ranked as the Nationals’ sixth-best prospect, has been shut down after experiencing elbow pain during a throwing session and is likely headed for Tommy John surgery, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.

Solis left Nationals camp yesterday and traveled to California for a meeting with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who’s second to only Dr. James Andrews when it comes to operating on pitchers.

Zuckerman reports that Solis first experienced elbow problems while pitching in the Arizona Fall League in November, but at the time different doctors gave differing opinions and ultimately the Nationals told the 23-year-old left-hander to simply rest the injury.

Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann both came back very strong from Tommy John surgery, so the Nationals can still have high hopes for Solis joining them in the rotation one day, but he’d miss the entire 2012 season and perhaps be limited at the beginning of 2013 as well.