Agent says surgeon, team talked
Agent Scott Boras denied a claim Thursday that the Washington Nationals had not been in recent contact with the surgeon who performed Tommy John surgery on Stephen Strasburg, according to a report in the Washington Post.
Dr. Lewis Yocum previously told the Los Angeles Times that Nats general manager Mike Rizzo never asked him about the decision to shut down Strasburg this year.
However, Boras claimed he kept records, showing the club has been in communication with the doctor, either through Rizzo or Nats team physician Wiemi Douoguih, according to the report.
"I know from the discussion I've had with the Nationals that there has been repeated communication between the Nationals' doctor and Dr. Yocum," Boras told the newspaper. "There was a conversation between Dr. Yocum and Rizzo sometime in August."
Afterward, Yocum made a clarification to the Los Angeles Times.
"I would like to correct the misimpression generated from today's L.A. Times article, that I have not been a participant in discussions with the Washington Nationals regarding the recovery strategy for pitcher Stephen Strasburg," Yocum said. "In fact, I have been contacted repeatedly and have had numerous discussions with the Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and the team's medical personnel, as recently as mid-August.
"While the final decision was up to the team, as is standard practice, I was supportive of their decision and am comfortable that my medical advice was responsibly considered."
Strasburg finished 15-6 with a 3.16 ERA in his first full season after undergoing elbow-ligament replacement surgery on Sept. 3, 2010. He struck out 197 in 159 1/3 innings.