After processing the gloomy bulletin from Washington — Stephen Strasburg, elbow surgery, likely gone for a year — I have three salient thoughts on the matter.
1. It’s unfair to make the following statement: Strasburg’s mechanics remind me of Mark Prior, ergo he is destined for years of pain and unfulfilled promise.
2. If you want to criticize the Nationals, do so for their failure to scan Strasburg’s elbow, along with his shoulder, after he was scratched from a start last month.
3. We must accept the reality that throwing a baseball at upwards of 100 miles per hour is inherently dangerous behavior for even the most rigorously trained athletes.