Scott Olsen's season is over

Nationals left-hander Scott Olsen visited Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, and Olsen  learned he will be out for the rest of the season because of a small tear in his left labrum.

Olsen, who returned to Nationals Park from Alabama at 9:50 p.m. ET, will have surgery on Thursday morning at the Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the team’s medical director, will perform the surgery.

“Nine times out of 10, it is just a cleanup procedure with the idea that they are back — competition ready  — within three months. That’s the goal here,” Dr. Douoguih said. “Every once in a while, you go in and you find something a little bit more extensive. Probably 90 percent of them are just going to be a clean-up procedure.” 

Olsen appeared to be disbelief that he would no longer play in 2009. He hopes to be ready by Spring Training.

“It’s surprising,” Olsen said. “We had an MRI done the other day. We got Dr. Wiemi’s opinion and today we flew to Alabama and got Dr. Andrews opinion. Everybody seems to be along the same line of thinking, so we are going to go ahead and have some surgery done. Hopefully, it will work out well and get ready for next year.”

Olsen said he started feeling pain in the shoulder on July 10 against the Astros in Houston. In that game, he lasted six innings and gave up four runs in a 6-5 loss.

“I just didn’t feel normal,” Olsen said. “The day after I pitched in Houston was a hard day. I really couldn’t go through my throwing program like I normally would. It didn’t get any better with the days off  during the All-Star break. It didn’t get any better. I had to skip Friday and then get second opinions. I’m not the only person that has had surgery. We just go back and try to build up for next year.”

Olsen also missed time earlier in the year because of a sore shoulder. He is 2-4 with a 6.03 ERA this season.

“I thought this was behind me. Obviously, it’s not. There’s nothing else I can do about it now.” he said. 

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