Stephen Strasburg to have season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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Stephen Strasburg’s season is officially over.

The Washington Nationals right-hander is scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, manager Dave Martinez announced on Tuesday.

The hope is that Strasburg will be ready by spring training in February.

Strasburg, 33, was placed on the IL with a “neck strain” following a start on June 1 against the Braves in which he lasted just 1 1/3 innings.

Last week, Strasburg suffered a setback in his rehab program after he felt an “uncomfortable” feeling in his neck following a throwing session.

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Earlier this season, Nationals closer Will Harris was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, which was caused by a blockage in his artery. Strasburg will see the same surgeon as Harris, but his TOS is different, as it was caused by a nerve issue, according to MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.

Strasburg’s TOS is actually the same as Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey, who had the surgery back in 2016 while a member of the New York Mets and was never able to return to his old form.

Neurogenic TOS is the most common type of thoracic outlet syndrome and results in pain, weakness, fatigue and numbness or tingling in the arm or hand.

The Nationals signed Strasburg to a seven-year, $245 million deal in 2020 after he led the organization to a World Series title in the previous season. He has five years, $175 million remaining on his deal.

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