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Strasburg's Surgery Deemed A Success

Stephen Strasburg had successful surgery today to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, according to Ben Goessling and Kristen Hudak of MASN.

Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg had "smooth and uneventful" Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles on Friday, general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters in Pittsburgh. Strasburg's operation, performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum and Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih, lasted three hours. He'll spend the night in the hospital and head home to San Diego, where he will rehab at a Scripps clinic there.

Success is a relative term when it comes to long-term injuries of this nature. Success doesn't mean that his recovery time will be shortened, so don't expect him back any sooner than the 12-18 months that we'd already been hearing.