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Monday
Oct282013

Trio of Nationals Players Undergo Surgery

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Washington Nationals can't do anything about the postseason now, so instead they're focusing on 2014 and getting the team healthy as starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, first baseman Adam LaRoche, and outfielder Bryce Harper all underwent recent procedures.

Strasburg recently had bone chips removed from his surgically repaired right elbow. Despite issues with his elbow, Strasburg was very effective in 2012. He only went 8-9, but had an ERA of 3.00 and struck out 191 batters. As he further recovers from Tommy John Surgery, Strasburg also set career highs in games started and innings pitched.

Harper underwent a procedure to repair the bursa in his left knee. The injury likely bothered him all season. In his second season in the Majors, Harper hit .274 with 20 home runs and drove in 58 runs.

For LaRoche, he recently had his left throwing elbow cleaned up in a minor procedure. After a career year in 2012, LaRoche came back to Earth a bit in 2013 as he hit .237 with 20 home runs while driving in 62 runs.

The Nationals missed the playoffs in 2013 after winning the most games in Major League Baseball in 2012.

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