An optimist will see a blown out elbow, rather than a shoulder, as a blessing. The success rate of Tommy Johns surgery is now very high. Sure, Strasburg will miss all of next season, but with this operation he could be as good as new in spring 2012 when he will still be just 23.
Nevertheless, it is hard to see this glass as even half-full. After nine starts, Strasburg had to be put on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. After 12 starts, he has a torn elbow ligament. That combination seems to corroborate that Strasburg has a quirk in his delivery that makes arm injuries almost inevitable.
In an interview I conducted on a Sirius show on July 29, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper
identified Strasburgs problem and said, I am not wishing this guy bad, but for him to be having problems right now when they are really, really watching him what are they going to see when they are trying to get 220 innings from him? He does something with his arm action that is difficult, in my mind, to pitch a whole lot of innings on.