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Nationals' Strasburg, Harper, LaRoche have surgery

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Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, outfielder Bryce Harper and first baseman Adam LaRoche each had surgery this week, according to

Strasburg, 25, had bone chips removed from his right elbow. He is expected to resume throwing in four to six weeks and should be ready by spring training, barring any setbacks. He had a 3.00 ERA with 191 strikeouts and 56 walks over a career-high 183 innings this season.

Harper underwent surgery on his left knee to remove dead tissue and repair the bursa sac. He sustained the injury after crashing into the right-field wall at Dodger Stadium in May. He will also need four to six weeks to recover. The 21-year-old had a batting line of .274/.368/.486 with 20 home runs, 58 RBI, and 11 stolen bases over 118 games this season.

LaRoche had loose bodies -- usually bone chips -- removed from his left elbow. Likewise, he requires four to six weeks of recovery time. LaRoche, 33, batted .237 with 20 home runs and a career-low .735 OPS over 152 games this year.

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