Rehabs of Harper, Strasburg, LaRoche going well

December 10, 2013

Stephen Strasburg (Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

The rehabs of Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Adam LaRoche, three players who underwent offseason surgeries in October, are going well and all are expected to be fully ready for spring training, according to Manager Matt Williams.

Strasburg, who dealt with forearm tightness in September, underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Harper, who played on a balky left knee after a May 13 collision with an outfield wall, had surgery to debride and repair the bursa sac. And LaRoche underwent surgery to remove loose bodies from his left elbow.

Strasburg pitched “a good amount” of the season with discomfort in his right elbow, his agent Scott Boras said last month. Strasburg’s surgery was the second in three years on his right elbow but Williams said that the right-hander’s rehab is “going phenomenal.”

“Everything checks out from a medical standpoint,” Williams added. “He is ready to go in spring training from day one full-go.”

Harper, who played in only 118 games last season, received a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and cortisone injection into the bursa sac in June, and played through lingering swelling and discomfort for the rest of the season while receiving constant treatment on the knee. The surgery alleviated discomfort from the damaged bursa sac. Harper has already began his rehab and, according to Williams, is also doing well and will be a full-go for spring training.

LaRoche, too, has already began his rehab and has been back to Washington for follow-ups on his elbow. Williams said he spoke with LaRoche before he departed for on a USO Tour.

“He’s been in the woods, pulling back his bow so his elbow is in good shape,” Williams said. “Everybody will be good. The good this thing about the offseason surgeries this year is that they were cleanup surgeries. They weren’t major surgeries. Stuff that is easily rehabbed and they should be ready.”

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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