It looks like it might not just be this year in jeopardy for Stephen Strasburg; it looks like the pitcher might need Tommy John Surgery. If so, the Washington Nationals will be with the pitcher next season as well.
Strasburg has major damage to his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow; this injury will normally require TJ surgery. The timeline for TJ surgery is normally 12-18 months.
This might be a blessing for the Nationals, as Strasburg return will be timed closer to the debut of Bryce Harper. Next year, the Nationals don’t have to worry about his innings or pitch counts.