Henry Rodriguez Injury: Nationals Reliever Undergoes Season-Ending Elbow Surgery

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.

For more information on the Washington Nationals check out the SB Nation blog Federal Baseball and stay tuned to SB Nation DC.

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