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.