Tommy John Surgery Newsbeat
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
At the appointment Monday, Levitz said, Andrews will determine if the ligament is stable. To do that, Andrews will place his hands on either side of Harvey’s elbow, one below and one above, and push his forearm and biceps in opposite directions.
A healthy U.C.L. is taut, Levitz said, and a partly torn U.C.L. is loose, which makes it unstable. If Harvey’s U.C.L. is unstable, when Andrews pushes on his forearm and biceps, there will be a space between the bones. This is where Andrews’s expertise comes in. He has seen so many of these injuries, Levitz said, that Andrews can diagnose, to the millimeter, how unstable the ligament is.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Yet despite the smaller workloads, more pitchers are missing significant time with elbow injuries.
About one of every three major league pitchers has had Tommy John surgery, in which the ulnar collateral ligament is replaced by a tendon from another part of the body, compared to roughly one of every nine pitchers a decade ago. More pitchers seem to be throwing harder now, which could partly explain the phenomenon, and with the rise of amateur travel teams, young pitchers may be throwing more innings.
But, mostly, the surgery is overwhelmingly effective. [...]
When [Jim] Palmer signed with the Orioles, in 1963, the team was stocked with elite young pitching. Wally Bunker, who tossed a shutout at age 21 in the 1966 World Series, was finished at 26 with shoulder problems. Chuck Estrada, who led the American League in wins as a rookie in 1960, was all but done three years later because of his elbow.
“He probably tore his ulnar collateral ligament, but nobody knew,” Palmer said. “It was just, ‘He has a bad elbow.’ Was it treatable? Nobody ever knew. You just tried to pitch through it and when you couldn’t get anybody out, your career was over.”
Palmer, like Bunker, threw his own shutout in the 1966 World Series, at age 20. Hampered by problems with his biceps and then his rotator cuff, Palmer managed only nine starts the next two seasons.
He recovered to have a long career, helped by exceptional athleticism and the lessons he learned by pitching without his best stuff while injured. Palmer’s opponent in the World Series, Sandy Koufax, was 30 and never pitched again.
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tommy john surgery
Friday, July 26, 2013
As a pitcher, Tommy John had a career 288-231 record for six teams over 26 seasons, including eight with the Yankees, from 1963 to 1989. But his name now is usually connected to one of the hundreds of pitchers from the major leagues to the sandlots recovering from “Tommy John surgery” — the pioneering procedure by Dr. Frank Jobe that the now 70-year-old left-hander underwent in 1974 while with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
On Saturday at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., they will be together again. John will introduce Jobe, who will be honored for his surgery by the Hall at its awards presentation, 24 hours before its annual induction ceremonies.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
The Orioles hoped that Dylan Bundy would pitch for them in the big leagues this season.
Now there’s a real chance that he won’t even make it there next season.
Bundy is visiting Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, and the expectation is that he will need Tommy John surgery, according to sources. While Tommy John surgery is usually successful, the recovery time is about a year.
Bundy won’t turn 21 until November, so the news is hardly devastating for his career. But the right-hander from Oklahoma, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, had been on the fast track to the big leagues until he hurt his elbow this spring.
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