Jon Salwen Limbaugh wrote:Except that he did that after half a season in the majors. One would think he needs to tweak the delivery. Plus the 18 month rehab and so on. A lot of questions are up in the air.
How tough is this kid mentally?
Can he tweak his delivery and be effective?
How will he handle the surgery and rehab?
I'd be a little worried.
Any time somebody has surgery, there's a reason to be concerned.
But the fact that he blew out his elbow after getting to the majors isn't really that much of a red flag (in regard to the timing). It's happened to other guys early in their careers in the minors who have gone on to have good careers.
Honestly, I think messing with his delivery could probably cause more problems. He's been pitching like this his whole life. Changing it all of a sudden opens to door for other problems since he'd likely be suddenly putting more stress on parts of his arm that aren't conditioned for the workload.
As for his mental state, this is a kid who had the most amount of hype around a prospect I've ever seen and he excelled under the pressure and expectations. I think that speaks to a certain kind of mental toughness.
The Nats just need to be cautious (as they have been with him) and let him rehab and not rush him back.
Like I said, if this was a shoulder thing, I'd be a lot more worried. Very few guys come back the same after that.