zombiemichaeljackson wrote:If Strasburg hadn't blown out his elbow he would have had shoulder problems too, both Prior and Wood had elbow issues before the shoulder stuff, and it came from the delivery they were using. The only reason Kerry Wood is even still pitching is because he completely re-worked his delivery. If Strasburg doesn't re word his then he's going to be looking at the same thing when he returns, surgery or no surgery.
If you completely rework his delivery, he stops being Stephen Strasburg. There's a long list of guys who had their mechanics reworked and they were never the same again. The most you can really do with a guy, and still maintain their productivity, is tweek things like their grip on the ball or the angle of their arm. If you start reworking everything, you end up with Dontrelle Willis and Oliver Perez. Remember this isn't a guy who sucked and needed his mechanics changed like Roy Halladay or Johan Santana. This is a guy who was already
Yeah, he has a ligament in his elbow that needs to be fixed. As far as I know, there hasn't been any major issues related to his shoulder. He had some inflammation earlier in the year, but that happens to pretty much everyone, particularly early on. They checked it out and his shoulder was fine. No structural damage. If there was a major issue, surely an MRI would reveal wear and tear. Especially considering how cautious they've been with this kid.
I think it's a big leap to say because he's having Tommy John surgery, he's most likely going to have shoulder problems. Plenty of other guys had TJS early in their careers, had similar mechanics and never had that problem. In fact, TJS is often credited with preventing
shoulder injuries in the future if it's done early enough.
Now, can this kid's body hold up for a long career? Who knows. But the fact that he's having an elbow ligament replaced doesn't mean he's the next Mark Prior either.
Personally, I give the Nationals' doctors, trainers and coaches enough credit to know what they're doing with the kid.