Nationals' 2017 first-round pick Seth Romero got off to a rough start. He was in hot water with Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo after violating curfew several times. He then cleaned up his off-field act and began to pitch well in Single-A ball.
Unfortunately for Romero and the Nationals, his progress will have to be put on hold.
Can confirm Nats 2017 1st round pick Seth Romero had Tommy John surgery last week. Dr Neal ElAttrache performed it in LA. (First reported by @Todd_Dybas)— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) September 3, 2018
This one really hurts. Romero pitched 25.1 innings for Single-A Hagerstown and struck out 34 batters. He showed them the big-league ready stuff they felt he had.
Now, Romero will be a year behind schedule.
The Nationals have had several pitchers fall victim to Tommy John surgery, most notably Stephen Strasburg.
It's just unfortunate that a guy who's always delivered on the field but struggled off it now gets hurt. This comes after Romero seemed to have learned something about his off-field antics.