Chad Fox

Will Strasburg's comeback succeed?

Ask again next year

Dave van Dyck

Chicago Tribune

History suggests Stephen Strasburg should be just fine — maybe.

Most pitchers who return from elbow ligament surgery are as good — in some cases better — than before the operation. And then there are the exceptions.

Kerry Wood was never quite the same, although his physical problems moved up his arm to the shoulder.

And Chad Fox is not the only pitcher who has had Tommy John surgery performed more than once and never completely recovered.

So, will Strasburg be successful? Probably — and he has passed that huge first hurdle with flying colors — but the question will be better...