Stephen Strasburg had surgery to remove non-cancerous growth in back

Baseball Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who has been the subject of trade speculation recently, underwent surgery a month ago to remove a non-cancerous growth in his back. Strasburg missed multiple starts this past season with back discomfort.Strasburg's agent Scott Boras said Wednesday during the general mangers' meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., that "the growth was muscular in origin and caused discomfort while pitching."

He also said Strasburg is recovering well after the successful surgery.MORE: Top 15 free agent pitchers | Tommy Hanson's death to be further investigated Injuries have been a constant story for Strasburg, the first pick in the 2009 draft. The six-year veteran has only twice made 30 or more starts in a year and his ERA has increased each of the last three seasons.The Nationals are set to lose right-handers Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister — who ended the season in the bullpen — to free agency, so Strasburg will likely be a key member of the rotation next season. Strasburg in the final year of arbitration eligibility and could become a free agent after next season.

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