He's going to get a second opinion, but it's looking like he'll need the Tommy John surgery, which means 12-18 months recovery time.
Even with the Nationals all but keeping him in bubble wrap and only letting him out to pitch on strict pitch counts, and inning counts, he's an aggressive thrower. Now he's got to take at least a season off. What happens now for him?
If he's getting Tommy John surgery, it means that not only is he done for 2011, but it means he might not even be ready to start 2012.
If you're a Nats fan, you're banging your head against the table. All the protection that the organization gave him and he's going to wind up being Mark Prior/Kerry Wood anyway. What a bummer.
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This calls into question the "innings limit" that people advocate. This guy was protected in every way imaginable, and his arm still blows out. It makes me wonder if the issue is more mechanical than anything else.
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Lieber's not even going to pitch this year. He received a 2 year, $3.5 million contract from a team that repeatedly said THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE TO CUT PAYROLL and he's not even going to pitch in the first year.