Washington Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg will undergo season-ending thoracic outlet surgery, manager Dave Martinez told reporters on Tuesday.
Strasburg will have the surgery on Wednesday in Dallas.
The 33-year-old Strasburg hasn’t pitched since June 1 due to a neck injury. He has experienced multiple setbacks since being shut down and a meeting with a neck specialists on Monday confirmed the surgery was necessary.
Martinez said the expectation is that Strasburg will be ready for spring training in February.
Strasburg departed after 1 1/3 innings of the game against the Atlanta Braves on June 1. The three-time All-Star is 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA in five starts this season.
It is the second straight injury shortened season for Strasburg. He pitched just five innings over two starts in 2020 due to a hand injury and subsequently underwent carpal tunnel surgery.
Strasburg signed a seven-year, $245 million deal after helping the Nationals beat the Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series. So far, Washington has received just 26 1/3 innings from Strasburg in the first two seasons of the deal.
Strasburg is 113-61 with a 3.21 ERA in 246 career starts. He finished third in National League Cy Young Award voting in 2017, when he went 15-4 with a 2.52 ERA in 28 starts.
He went 18-6 in 2019 as the Nationals rebounded from a slow start and went on to win the World Series. Strasburg went 5-0 in the postseason and was named World Series MVP.
–Field Level Media