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In reviewing the MRI that showed fluid on the 33-year-old’s right knee, Andrews also diagnosed “degenerative changes” in the knee, according to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.
In the first-of-its-kind study, "Adult Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) Delivered via Intra-Articular Injection to the Knee, Following Partial Medial Meniscectomy," most patients who received a single injection of adult stem cells following the surgical removal of all or part of a torn meniscus, reported a significant reduction in pain. Some patients?24 percent of one MSC group and 6 percent of another?experienced at least a 15 percent increase in meniscal volume at one year. There was no additional increase in meniscal volume at year two.
"The results demonstrated that high doses of mesenchymal stem cells can be safely delivered in a concentrated manner to a knee joint without abnormal tissue formation," said lead study author C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., MD. "No one has ever done that before." In addition, "the patients with arthritis got strong improvement in pain" and some experienced meniscal regrowth.
C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., MD. et al. Adult Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) Delivered via Intra-Articular Injection to the Knee, Following Partial Medial Meniscectomy. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, January 2014
Remember when that one guy used to come on Primer and argue that there was no medical reason to prefer a long-term commitment to thin players over fat ones?
The Yankees have been burned once too often by obese pitchers with knee damage like C.C. Sabathia and Randy Johnson.
I always get ridiculed for arguing that opt-out clauses can be a benefit to the team as well as for the player. But boy, I bet the Yankees wish they had let Sabathia walk and become some other team's problem.
So, 6'11" athletes are lesser injury risk than normal sized humans?
I'm with Tom. The Yanks got three great years from Sabathia and had they let him walk at the opt out the three years they lost would have been good, bad and bad so far. The opt out was great for the Yankees but they didn't let it work for them.
Um, Sabathia is another example of things becoming worse for the signing team because of the opt-out, not better as you seem to conclude.
Things got worse for the signing team because they didn't have the stones to let Sabathia walk. There can be no doubt at this point that the contract would have been hugely beneficial for the Yankees if they had allowed Sabathia to leave.
So his knee wasn't nearly as durable as the fitness guru David Wells' (knee surgery at 43).
And it's okay to draw these one-on-one comparisons, because Wells is not a small sample size.
Wells started missing time with gout as early as 1996, when he was 33 and still pitching for the Orioles....
At which point he finally became a successful starting pitcher, racking up 137 wins in the following decade.
Heyman is reporting Jose Fernandez will have Tommy John surgery Friday.
Athletes bodies all go bad on them over time, and a lot of buff ballplayers never make it to age thirty. Wells and Sabathia are two of the top 100 pitchers of all time by wins. Weight is largely irrelevant. I'd wager lack of heft below the hips is a factor in the arm injuries of guys half their size.
Anyway, the difference between the contract they've ended up with and the contract they'd have had to sign him to if not giving him an opt-out is trivial. But, yes, this was a time when the opt-out could have worked to the team's advantage.
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