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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Cardinals’ Alex Reyes has difficult road ahead | MLB.com

But there are two things to consider about the realities of Tommy John surgery.

One is that just about every terrific pitcher of the last decade did not go through Tommy John surgery. It’s striking: There are very, very few exceptions. The past 10 Cy Young Awards winners are Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello, Jake Arrieta, Dallas Keuchel, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Kluber, R.A. Dickey, David Price, Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay and Felix Hernandez. Not one of them had Tommy John surgery. Then you throw in other pitchers who have had dominant seasons—Madison Bumgarner, Zack Greinke, Cliff Lee, Chris Sale, Cole Hamels and so on. None of them had Tommy John surgery, either.

This probably shouldn’t be a surprise … but it is. There is this sense you get sometimes from people that Tommy John surgery is no big deal in the grand scheme of things, that it is just a year-long delay on the road to greatness. But almost without exception, the very best pitchers in the game manage to avoid serious injury when they are young.

The second thing to think about is when a pitcher has Tommy John surgery. There are those who have had it mid-career—think John Smoltz, David Wells, Tim Hudson, John Lackey, Chris Carpenter and others—who do come back and pitch well. That was true of Tommy John himself. And while that’s encouraging, it is not of much use when talking about a breathtaking young pitcher like Reyes, who was just beginning his big league career.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 9 comment(s)
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cardinals’ Alex Reyes not cleared to throw | MLB.com

Nobody else reporting this (as far as I’ve seen), but if this is true, it’s really bad news.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2017 at 01:46 PM | 25 comment(s)
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