(Photo by Washington Post/Newsweek Interactive. There's Jordan Zimmermann's elbow.)
"It's not good news."
(Mike Rizzo, via Nationals Journal, 8/10/2009)
And no, he's not talking about the news the Nats will keep Guz around. That's not good news, either.
More Rizzo, via Nationals Journal:
"The small bit of sunshine is that there is an 85 to 90 percent success rate with pitchers recovering to their pre-injury status after Tommy John surgery. It's a much higher success r blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah...... "
Yup, Jordan Zimmermann needs Tommy John Surgery. Ugh. He's done for at least 18 months. Rizzo says there's a small bit of sunshine, but we're having a hard time seeing it at the moment.
"I was pretty shocked and shook up, but I talked to some of the guys on the team about it, guys that went through it. It sucks, it’s a long period, but if you work hard, you come back stronger than ever. I talked to (Sean) Burnett, and he said it’s the best thing he ever had done to him. It’s a good thing. It sucks now, but in the long run, it’s gonna be a good thing."
See you in 2011, Zimm.