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Skole has Tommy John surgery, out 4 months

Apr 17, 2013, 10:23 PM EDT

Associated Press
Matt Skole saw time at first base with the Nationals this spring.

MIAMI — Matt Skole, the Nationals’ minor-league position player of the year in 2012, had Tommy John surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his left elbow, a freak injury that will sideline the first baseman for most of this season.

General manager Mike Rizzo said Skole will likely need four months to make a full recovery, the timetable much shorter than most players who suffer a torn UCL both because the 23-year-old is a position player and the injury occurred to his non-throwing elbow.

Skole hurt himself while in the field April 5 at Class AA Harrisburg, in only his second game of the season. Reaching to tag an opposing player, his left arm suffered the brunt of a collision.

“You’re reaching into the runner, and boom, you feel it,” Rizzo said.
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  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    That hurts.

  2. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Is that really unusual, a first baseman getting TJ on his glove side? Seems odd, but IANAD.

  3. peric - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    At least he isn't a pitcher he won't be gone as long just like JMax.

  4. D'Gourds - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    I thought recovery for ucl surgery is a year.

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