WASHINGTON -- Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season as part of the organization's protocol regarding players rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, MLB.com confirmed Saturday.
Giolito, who is the Nationals' No. 1 prospect according to MLB.com, underwent the surgery shortly after Washington selected the right-hander with the No. 16 pick in the 2012 Draft. After a full recovery, Giolito went 10-2 with a 2.20 ERA in 20 starts (98 innings) for Class A Hagerstown this season.
The Nationals have made similar moves in the past with pitchers recovering from Tommy John surgery. In 2012, right-hander Stephen Strasburg was shut down after 159 1/3 innings despite the Nationals winning the National League East title. Similarly in 2011, right-hander Jordan Zimmermann was shut down after 161 1/3 innings. Both moves came roughly two years after the pitchers underwent their respective surgeries.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. He also can be found on Twitter @danielrpopper. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less