WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 26: Manager Davey Johnson #5 of the Washington Nationals removes Henry Rodriguez #63 in the ninth inning against the Florida Marlins at Nationals Park on July 26, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Marlins won the game 11-2. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Nationals pitcher Henry Rodriguez had season-ending surgery to remove a bone chip and spur from his elbow on Friday.
Washington Nationals right-handed pitcher Henry Rodriguez had surgery to remove a bone chip and spur from his right elbow, according to Nationals manager Davey Johnson. Rodriguez will reportedly not be able to throw a baseball for three months, effectively ending his 2012 season.
Rodriguez was 1-3 on the season with a 5.83 ERA. Rodriguez had nine saves in 12 opportunities this season and had 31 strikeouts in 29-1/3 innings pitched.
To replace Rodriguez on the roster, the Nationals will call up relief pitcher Christian Garcia from Triple-A Syracuse. Garcia is 1-1 with a 0.59 ERA for Syracuse this season with 12 saves in 12 opportunities. Garcia has struck out 36 batters in 30-1/3 innings.
For more on Garcia, see Federal Baseball's recent scouting report on the pitcher.