Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Injury Updates: Stephen Strasburg, Chien-Ming Wang, Jesus Flores.

• Strasburg's TJ Successful: On Friday afternoon, while everyone was talking about the suspensions handed out as a result of Wednesday night's bench-clearing brawl between the Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins, a report out of California confirmed that the Nats' '09 no.1 overall pick, Stephen Strasburg, had undergone successful Tommy John surgery less than three months after the 22-year-old right-handed starter made his MLB debut against the same Pirates the Nationals are playing this weekend. Dr. Lewis Yocum and Dr. Wiemi Douoguih (the Nats' Medical Director) performed the procedure which will now require 12-18 months of rehab before the Nats' ace can return to the mound. For anyone interested in the specifics of his rehab, it was announced that Strasburg would start his rehab at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego before eventually moving down to the Nats' Spring Training facilities in Florida.

Chien-Ming Wang Still Rehabbing: MASNSports.com's Byron Kerr reported yesterday, in an article entitled simply, "Wang update", that the Nats' 30-year-old free agent signee, Chien-Ming Wang, was continuing to work his way back from surgery to repair the capsule, the fibrous membrane surrounding the joint, in his right shoulder, which DC GM Mike Rizzo is fond of telling folks, is similar to the surgery Super Bowl-winning Saints' quarterback Drew Brees underwent and fully-recovered from. Initial reports upon Wang's signing speculated that he could be back in the mound within the first few months of the season. MASN's Mr. Kerr reported yesterday that Wang, "...threw 40 pitches in the bullpen early this week at the Nationals training facility in Viera, Florida," and wrote that Nats' pitching coordinator Spin Williams, who's overseeing Wang's rehab, "...is pleased with what the pitcher has been able to do since spring training."

• MLB.com's Bill Ladson On Roster Moves: Another rehabbing Nat, Jesus Flores' 2010 season is officially over, but according to a report yesterday by MLB.com's Bill Ladson entitled, "Flores done for 2010, the 25-year-old catcher will play in Florida Instructional League this fall. The Nats' backstop, who underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, tells Mr. Ladson, "I feel stronger and my goal right now is to get in shape, feel 100 percent and get ready for next season." A Flores, Wilson Ramos, Pudge Rodriguez backup behind the plate might be a nice problem to have. 

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