Is Stephen Strasburg’s window with the Washington Nationals closing?

Hopefully, Stephen Strasburg won’t become the next version of Kerry Wood or Mark Prior.

Washington Nationals flamethrower Stephen Strasburg underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow on Friday in Los Angeles.

The 25-year-old Strasburg (8-9, 3.00 ERA) is expected to be shelved for 4-6 weeks before starting a throwing program.

A 2012 All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner, Strasburg whiffed 191 batters over 183.0 innings this season.

Called by Sports Illustrated the “most hyped and closely watched pitching prospect in the history of baseball,” a healthy Strasburg can stifle any lineup and lead a team to glory.

Unfortunately for Nationals fans, even though Strasburg finally competed without asinine restrictions, Washington finished 86-76 and failed to qualify for the playoffs this autumn.

Strasburg’s a two-time visitor to the DL who experienced Tommy John Surgery three summers ago.

Although this procedure is considered minor, it is extremely worrisome that the first overall pick in 2009 again required work.

The 6-foot-4, 200 pound Strasburg is very strong and effortlessly guns 97-98 mph fastballs.

However, Strasburg’s mechanics will always cause concern and potentially act as the hurler’s kryptonite.

Accordingly, still seeking their first World Series title, the Washington Nationals’ window with Stephen Strasburg may be prematurely closing.

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