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Stephen Strasburg Has 'Signifcant Tear' And Will Probably Require Tommy John Surgery

Nationals' pitcher Stephen Strasburg has a "significant tear" in the ligament in his right elbow, and will probably require Tommy John surgery, the Nationals announced on a conference call this morning.

He took an MRI this week that was much worse than the MRI he received this weekend. The team will shut him down for the rest of the season, and will send him to the same doctor who performed Tommy John surgery on Jordan Zimmermann last year.

Strasburg will finish his rookie season with a record of 5-3 and a 2.91 ERA. He struck out 92 in only 68 innings pitches.