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By Bill Ladson
WASHINGTON — The Nationals took a risk on an injured pitcher in the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, selecting UNLV right-hander Erick Fedde, who had Tommy John surgery this past Tuesday. One baseball source believes Fedde had the best stuff before he went down with the injury.
Before the surgery, Fedde had a great final season for UNLV, going 8-2 with a 1.76 ERA in 11 starts. He also had 82 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings.
It marks the third consecutive year in which the Nationals have selected a pitcher in the first round of the Draft. The team selected Lucas Giolito and Jake Johansen in 2012 and ’13, respectively.
The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com pregame show begins at 12:30p ET, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 1p ET.
The Nationals are known to take a risk on players who are injured. Giolito and third baseman Anthony Rendon are two examples of players who were hurt before they were drafted. Rendon had shoulder and ankle problems before he was taken in 2010, and Giolito tore a ligament in his elbow before he was taken two years later.
Today, Rendon is among the team leaders in runs scored, hits and RBIs, and has a chance to participate in his first All-Star Game. Giolito has recovered from Tommy John surgery and is on an innings limit while pitching for Class A Hagerstown. He recorded a 2.29 ERA in eight starts.
How do the Nats balance the risk/reward when it comes to injured players?
“The upside has to really trump the risk of a player not coming back from an injury,” general manager Mike Rizzo said recently. “We really [consider] elbow injuries a lot more favorable than shoulder injuries. A lot that goes into it is the character of the player, the type of makeup that he has. The rehab process is not an easy one. You have [to have] the right character, right makeup to go through it and to come out the other end better than when you started.”
Nationals right-handers Henry Rodriguez and Lucas Giolito had arm surgeries performed on Friday.
It turns out that Rodriguez had a lose body removed from his right elbow and cannot pick up a ball for at least three months. However, Rodriguez is expected to be ready for Spring Training.
Rodriguez has been on the disabled list since Aug 2 because of another injury – lower back strain. Rodriguez has been complaining about the elbow injury two weeks before he went on the DL, according to general manager Mike Rizzo.
“Henry’s procedure was similar to the one that Drew Storen had,” Rizzo said. “He had the bone fragment, the bone spur removed from his elbow. So they cleaned it up, and he should rehab and be prepared for the beginning of spring training.”
Rodriguez appeared in 35 games and had a 5.83 ERA with nine saves. He started the season as the closer, but lost the job to Tyler Clippard later in the Spring because he was not productive on the mound.
“He was pitching with a lot of pain,” Johnson said. “He is big and strong. He just kind of hidden [the pain]. He was letter perfect in the spring, he was fresh. … Then he started having some lulls. From what the doctor said, the elbow was in a lot worse shape than he anticipated. .. [The doctors] had to do more cleanup work than they thought going in.”
As for Giolito, he had Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Southern California. His fastball had been clocked as high as 100 mph, and he has a power curveball, but he endured right elbow problems earlier this year, spraining his ulnar collateral ligament.
Giolito would have been a higher pick in this year’s First-Year Player Draft if not for the injury. Giolito had been pitching for the Gulf Coast League Nationals. During the Rizzo era, the Nationals have had their share of pitchers — Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann to name two — who have had Tommy John surgery and have come back to become successful pitchers.
Mike Fiammetta here, helping out Bill Ladson on the blog. The Nationals get the Cardinals’ tough right-hander Adam Wainwright tonight, while Gio Gonzalez takes the mound looking for his 17th win. As always, following along on Nationals.com during the game.
Suddenly, all the bad vibes from last week’s road trip are washed away as the Nationals look to push their winning streak to three games on Friday night. Last night’s 8-1 win over the Cardinals was exceptionally satisfying for the Nats, who received a scoreless one-hit, eight-inning gem from Edwin Jackson and multi-hit games from five different batters.
But with tomorrow being the Sept. 1 date for roster expansion to 40 players, much of the pre-game talk addressed the Nats’ roster. Bill will have all the details in the notebook, but manager Davey Johnson said Sandy Leon, John Lannan and Eury Perez are expected to join the team on Saturday. Mark DeRosa (left abdominal strain) is also expected to be activated from the disabled list tomorrow.
-Henry Rodriguez underwent an operation today to remove a bone fragment from his right elbow. Head Team Physician Dr. Wiemi Douoguih performed the surgery in New York, and the Nats are shooting for Rodriguez to be “full-go” at the beginning of spring training.
“Henry has got great upside,” general manager Mike Rizzo said. “He’s a power pitcher, and if this injury prevented him from performing at his accustomed level, then that’s a good thing because when he gets healthy, he’s going to revert back to the guy that we saw in spring training and the guy we saw in the beginning of the season.”
-Lucas Giolito also went under the knife, but for Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Dr. Louis Yocum performed the surgery in Los Angeles, though Rizzo didn’t elaborate any further.
-Chien-Ming Wang will make one more minor-league start, while Jhonatan Solano will report to the instructional league in Florida to stay in shape in case of an injury at the Major League level.
Bill will have more in the notebook. Here are tonight’s lineups:
- Jon Jay CF
- Carlos Beltran RF
- Matt Holliday LF
- Allen Craig 1B
- Yadier Molina C
- David Freese 3B
- Skip Schumaker 2B
- Pete Kozma SS
- Adam Wainwright RHP
- Jayson Werth RF
- Bryce Harper CF
- Ryan Zimmerman 3B
- Adam LaRoche 1B
- Michael Morse LF
- Ian Desmond SS
- Danny Espinosa 2B
- Kurt Suzuki C
- Gio Gonzalez LHP
A day after being selected in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft by the Nationals, right-hander Lucas Giolito said his right elbow problems are behind him.
Earlier this year, Giolito, 17, sprained his ulnar collateral nerve in his right elbow and feels he will not have surgery. He is currently throwing on flat ground.
“I’ve been throwing hard from 60 feet on flat ground. I’m looking forward to pitching soon,” Giolito said during a conference call with the local media.
Giolito, a 6-foot-6, 230-pound righty, went 9-1 with 78 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA in 70 1/3 innings as a junior at Harvard-Westlake. He also threw three shutouts and tossed four complete games. In 2011, he was named a Perfect Game All-American for his efforts as a junior. The Nationals have compared Giolito to Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay.
“I like to throw my fastball inside and bust people in and maybe comeback with my curveball,” Giolito said. “I throw my changeup a lot. That is obviously a tool I’ll be able to use. It’s a combination of everything to be able to attack hitters and do everything I can to help the team win.”
If not for the injury, Giolito would have been a higher pick in the Draft.
“I had no idea where I was going to go on the board,” Giolito said. “I was sitting there. I was concerned about family and close friends. It was really a surprise to be taken by such a great organization. Right when it happened, it kind of struck me. It was such an awesome moment.”
Giolito comes from an acting family. His mother is actress Lindsay Frost. But Giolito never thought about following in his mother’s footsteps. Baseball was always on his mind. Giolito is a person who admires Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander and Nationals right hander Stephen Strasburg.
“It’s never been something that I’ve been interested in,” Giolito said about acting.
The Nationals have until next month to get Giolito signed to a pro contract. He already has made a commitment to play for UCLA. In the case of Giolito, the 16th overall picks value is worth $2,125,000.
“Right now, I plan to play pro ball, but … UCLA is one of the best baseball programs in all of college baseball,” Giolito said. “UCLA is an option for me and we’ll see how everything works out.”