Monday, August 10, 2009
Really Sad News
Having travelled all day out of town, worked along the way and just beginning to settle into the hotel room, and then learning that Jordan Zimmermann will have reconstructive elbow surgery on his right throwing arm didn't make for a good ending to this very long day.
We are absolutely crushed over this bad news. And when I called The African Queen to tell her, she didn't believe me. But this was no joke. The renowned Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Alabama confirmed what Our Washington Nationals doctors feared since late last week. JZ's sore elbow was more than just a slight strain. So now, Dr. Lewis Yochim in Los Angeles--who performed labrum surgery on Chad Cordero last year--will review the MRI results as well and offer a third opinion.
Anyway you look at this unfortunate news--it is not good. Not good for Jordan Zimmermann and his promising career. And not good for Our Washington Nationals. Now one of the brightest pitching prospects coming through our still ever revamping farm system has been lost--for not less than 18 months--most likely two complete seasons.
The news for Our Number 27 really could not have been much worse.
Sohna and I feel so badly for Jordan Zimmermann. He is a good young man, with a competitive fire that not just Washington needed on the mound every five days. But Major League Baseball--because a promising pitcher worth coming to see perform every five days has now been lost. Talent that makes any trip to a ballpark worthwhile. When you knew Jordan Zimmermann was scheduled for the mound--you knew he would always gave you his very best effort.
He never backed down. Now--Tommy John Surgery with back him down until 2011--at the earliest.
Just, really, really sad news.