Lefty prospect Smoker has surgery

Lefty prospect Smoker has surgery

WASHINGTON -- Nationals left-hander Josh Smoker underwent surgery on Tuesday to remove a bone spur from his left shoulder. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery, and reported that Smoker's labrum and rotator cuff appeared to be normal.

Smoker, who was a sandwich pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, should begin physical therapy immediately, with the expectation of starting a throwing program in six weeks. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training 2009.

In two professional seasons, Smoker made 13 starts, giving up 23 earned runs in 18 innings.

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