Originally posted on Nationals Enquirer  |  Last updated 9/13/12

Stephen Strasburg the number one Major League Baseball pick by the Washington Nationals delivers a pitch in his first start in the Arizona Fall League at Phoenix Municipal Stadium in Phoenix, AZ, October 16,2009. (UPI/Art Foxall) Photo via Newscom

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Earlier today, chatter about the Nationals not talking to Lewis Yocum (the doctor who performed TJ surgery on Stras) about the plan for shutting down Stephen Strasburg was all the rage. Turns out it's not really a "thing" at all; Yocum released this statement to the LA Times to clarify: "I would like to correct the misimpression generated from today’s L.A. Times article, that I have not been a participant in discussions with the Washington Nationals regarding the recovery strategy for pitcher Stephen Strasburg.  In fact, I have been contacted repeatedly and have had numerous discussions with the Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and the team’s medical personnel, as recently as mid-August.  While the final decision was up to the team, as is standard practice, I was supportive of their decision and am comfortable that my medical advice was responsibly considered." (Lewis Yocum, via LA Times, 9/13/2012) No truth to the rumor Mike Rizzo was standing behind Yocum holding a baseb...
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