By Matt Bush
The worst fears of Washington Nationals fans have been realized.
Pitcher Stephen Strasburg will need surgery on his pitching elbow.
Last year's first-overall draft pick has electrified fans in his brief time in the majors, but it now appears he won't be taking the mound anytime soon.
The Nationals say Strasburg will likely undergo what is called "Tommy John" surgery on his elbow, which means he would not only miss the rest of this season, but also be out for next year as well.
Strasburg will get a second opinion before undergoing surgery that will replace a ligament in his right elbow with a tendon from elsewhere in his body.
The surgery is named after a former major league pitcher who was the first to undergo it and return to the major leagues.
Strasburg was removed from last Saturday's game with a strained tendon in his right forearm, but two MRI's taken after that showed the damage to his elbow.