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Nationals stars Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche have surgery

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According to Mark Zuckerman of, Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche have all undergone surgery this week. That’s three pretty important members of the Washington Nationals roster, and that’s not exactly news you wanted to wake up to if you’re a Nationals fan. But the good news is all three procedures appear to be minor in nature.

Acccording to the report, Strasburg had arthroscopic surgery on Friday to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Strasburg missed two starts in September with "forearm tightness" and it's believed the elbow issues were a contributing factor.

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The clean-up procedure is expected to sideline Strasburg for 4-to-6 weeks, though Zuckerman warns it could be a longer recovery.

It's also important to note the surgery has nothing to do with the Tommy John operation Strasburg underwent in 2010. But yes, a second elbow surgery of any kind is worth a smidgen anxiety.

As for Harper, he had surgery to repair the bursa sac in his left knee on Wednesday, which should come as no surprise. Harper first injured the knee when he collided with the outfield at Dodger Stadium in May. He was forced to spend a month on the disabled list as a result, and was limited following his return as the bulky knee continued giving him problems. A minor procedure was hinted at as the season came to a close.

He'll also be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks and will definitely be ready to improve on his 274/.368/.486 slash line, as well the 20 home runs and 58 RBIs, in 2014.

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LaRoche rounded out Washington's operating table trio with an elbow clean up of his own. He's coming off a season where he hit a career-low .237 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs in 152 games. Though no injury was reported during the season, it's possible he was attempting to play through some discomfort that limited his production.

No, he's not a marquee name compared to Strasburg and Harper, but LaRoche is an important part of their lineup. They'll need him healthy in 2014, and he's expected to be good as new in 4-to-6 weeks, just like the others.

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Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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