Stephen Strasburg has non-cancerous growth removed from back

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has had surgery to remove a non-cancerous growth from his back, his agent said.

Speaking Wednesday at the general managers meetings, Scott Boras said Strasburg was bothered by the growth when he pitched. Boras said the surgery took place about a month ago and added, "He's fine now."

Strasburg, 27, was 11-7 with a career-high 3.46 ERA last season. He was on the disabled list from May 30 to June 23 because of neck tightness and from July 5 to Aug. 8 because of a left oblique strain.

Strasburg, who was sidelined from August 2010 until September 2011 because of Tommy John surgery, can become a free agent after next season.