Dr. Lewis Yocum, the surgeon who performed elbow surgery on Nationals Pitcher Stephen Strasburg, clarified recent comments he made to the Los Angeles Times regarding his participation in the process which led to shutting down the right-handed hurler for the remainder of the season.
Yocum had previously told the newspaper that he "wasn't asked" by the Nationals on the issue. Later Thursday, the physician expressed that he was involved in discussions with Strasburg, his agent Scott Boras and Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo. However, the final decision was left to the Nationals, Yocum said.
Yocum released a statement, included on the Times report:
"I would like to correct the misimpression generated from today’s L.A. Times article, that I have not been a participant in discussions with the Washington Nationals regarding the recovery strategy for pitcher Stephen Strasburg. In fact, I have been contacted repeatedly and have had numerous discussions with the Nationals GM Mike Rizzo and the team’s medical personnel, as recently as mid-August. While the final decision was up to the team, as is standard practice, I was supportive of their decision and am comfortable that my medical advice was responsibly considered."