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Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan needs season-ending surgery on his right forearm, which will be require a recovery time of six-to-nine months.
St. Louis right-hander Jason Motte will have season-ending Tommy John surgery next week.
Strasburg played catch Tuesday and went through his usual routine on the day after he pitches, a welcome sight after manager Davey Johnson said Monday night that the right-hander was dealing with forearm tightness.
Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley will have Tommy John surgery this week and miss the rest of the season, the latest setback for the Los Angeles rotation.
It takes talent to win a World Series, of course, but luck and timing also are huge factors. As the Washington Nationals aspire to a championship in 2013, here's a look at how the past five World Series winners reached the top.
Strasburg is the unquestioned ace of a Nationals staff filled with talent, but Davey Johnson was reluctant to make it official with still more than two weeks to go before Opening Day because of how well-known it already seemed to be.
St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal will undergo ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow and expects to miss the 2013 season.
Washington Nationals right-hander Christian Garcia is awaiting MRI results on his right wrist and forearm to get some clarity on the tightness he's been feeling. Garcia, who described the issue as a "tight kind of pull thing" he's felt when throwing his fastball, seemed confident it was not anything too serious.
How he's found himself as one of the most intriguing players in a Nationals camp largely devoid of competition for the 25-man roster is a tribute to Garcia's willingness to continually pick himself up and carry on when his body betrays him.
Examining and evaluating one's self is routine when calendars flip from one year to the next. Folks think about some desired behaviors and make a determination to achieve them during the next 12 months.
Mike Pelfrey once was a promising prospect for the New York Mets, a groundball-inducing machine who chewed up innings and bats with a hard sinker that tumbled out of his 6-foot-7 frame.
When James Shields broke into the big leagues with Tampa Bay, the Rays were no better than the Kansas City Royals.
David Wright agreed to the richest contract in Mets history, Tommy Hanson was traded to the Angels and Brian Wilson became a free agent on a busy day in baseball when dozens of players were dumped by their teams.
Ryan Madson finalized a $3.5 million, one-year deal on Wednesday with the Los Angeles Angels, who believe the right-handed reliever will make a strong comeback from elbow ligament replacement surgery.
B.J. Upton is on his way to Atlanta, while Andy Pettitte is staying in pinstripes.
He said Baker will probably limited to about five or six innings per start early in the season "if things go perfectly" and added: "We're going to use good judgment every step of the way."
"It's going to make me work even harder and be ready for spring training," he said.