Season over for Nats’ Kieboom; Strasbourg, Ross progresses

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Washington Nationals infielder Carter Kieboom will undergo season-ending surgery on Tommy John to fix the elbow problem that put him on the injured list in March.

Manager Dave Martinez said ahead of Friday night’s Nationals game in Milwaukee that Kieboom will have the surgery May 27. elbow throw.

“He felt really good,” Martinez said. “And he started throwing and really trying to start, and he said the pain was back. At this point we thought it was better and he thought it best to have surgery to fix it.

Martinez said he hoped Kieboom would return in time for spring training. Martinez noted that position players have shorter recovery periods than ligament replacement surgery pitchers.

Kieboom, 24, hit .207 with .301 on-base percentage, six homers and 20 RBIs in 62 games last season. He played third base last season, but he also has experience at shortstop.

Martinez had more encouraging updates for other injured players.

He said Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross each threw 43 pitches and three innings in a mock game Thursday in Florida.

“They came out of it feeling great,” Martinez said.

Both pitchers have parallel sessions on Saturday and will then pitch four innings and 60 pitches. Martinez said the Nationals could send the two on minor-league rehab assignments as the right-handers prepare to make their debuts in 2022.

Strasbourg is recovering from an operation for thoracic outlet syndrome and has pitched a total of 26 2/3 innings since the start of the 2020 season. Ross hasn’t pitched in a major league game since Aug. 10 due to a partially torn elbow ligament.

“They worked really hard to come back, both of them did,” Martinez said. “I’m very proud of what they’ve done. It’s hard. It’s hard when you have these injuries and you’re in Florida, but the end is near. I hope they will both be here in the near future.

Martinez added that right-hander Will Harris (pectoral) also throws Florida and right-hander Hunter Harvey (right overhand strain) throws bullpen sessions up to 20 pitches. Southpaw Sean Doolittle (left elbow strain) is still getting stronger and isn’t throwing yet.

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