Nats prospect Solis out for year with elbow injury

The Washington Nationals have lost top pitching prospect Sammy
Solis for the season because an elbow injury.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday that Solis
needs major surgery on his left elbow.

The 23-year-old Solis split last season between Class A teams in
Hagerstown and Potomac. He felt pain during the Arizona Fall League
but there were conflicting opinions on whether he needed Tommy John
surgery. Washington hoped he could get through the injury with
rehabilitation and invited him to spring training as part of their
accelerated development program.

But the pain returned during a throwing session last Friday.
Rizzo says the ligament-replacement operation will be performed in
Los Angeles next week by Dr. Lewis Yocum, who did the same
procedure on Washington pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Jordan
Zimmermann.