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Lucas Giolito to have Tommy John surgery

The former Harvard-Westlake pitcher was a first-round pick of the Washington Nationals, but his elbow has been a question mark.

August 24, 2012|By Eric Sondheimer
  • Nationals pitcher Lucas Giolito sits in the dugout before the a game against the New York Mets this summer.
Nationals pitcher Lucas Giolito sits in the dugout before the a game against… (Alex Brandon / Associated…)

Lucas Giolito, a first-round draft pick of the Washington Nationals and former standout pitcher for Studio City Harvard-Westlake, will undergo Tommy John reconstructive surgery Aug. 31, his father, Rick, confirmed Friday.

Giolito received a $2.95-million signing bonus from the Nationals despite missing most of his senior year after spraining the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last March. He had been clocked throwing a 100-mph fastball.

He made his minor league debut Aug. 14, pitching two innings before being removed from the game.

"We knew when we drafted him this was an issue and, you know, we were comfortable with the fact that, worst-case scenario was Tommy John surgery," Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo said this week to the Washington Times.

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