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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Mitch Harris eager to show Cardinals result of elbow surgery | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

In a roster bind for much of this winter, the Cardinals removed Harris from the 40-man roster and every other team in baseball had a crack at him. The Cardinals lost players Jeremy Hazelbaker, Tim Cooney and Dean Kiekhefer this past offseason through waivers, but Harris passed through without being claimed. Like the free agent Maness, Harris is listed as having elbow surgery, and for most that’s Tommy John and a 12-month absence. Having cleared waivers, Harris remained with the Cardinals, the only team he’s ever known, and he hopes to show he’s more prepared to compete than they know.

“The team that took me when most other teams had no idea what was going to happen,” Harris said. “I love this organization. It’s kind of a two-way thing. No team picked me up because of the surgery. It was also a good thing (because) I’m still with the club that I want to be with.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, mitch harris, tommy john surgery

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

How stem cells could be the answer to baseball’s Tommy John surgery problem - CBSSports.com

What’s Richards’ secret? Would you believe orthobiologics? Here’s the story:
[The] 28-year-old is the latest player to turn to orthobiologics, the class of treatments that includes stem cells and PRP, in hopes of healing an injury. While clinical studies have shown great success with those who use orthobiologics, they are not yet a panacea for the pervasive elbow injuries in baseball for two reasons: They work only on partial ligament tears, like Richards’, and medical studies have yet to validate their efficacy independent of other treatments run concurrently.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, garrett richards, injuries, medicine, tommy john surgery

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)
  Beats: alex reyes, cardinals, tommy john surgery

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Maness a trailblazer? New surgery for elbow repair cut recovery time | St. Louis Cardinals | stltoday.com

When Seth Maness shut his eyes before a surgeon opened his right elbow, the former Cardinals reliever was not sure what awaited him on the other side of sleep. The troublesome ligament in his throwing arm had to be fixed and a complete reconstruction would mean missing an entire season.

He went under unsure.

He woke up a potential trailblazer.

Maness is a week away from returning to the mound and expects to be ready for opening day, just 7½ months after surgery, because Dr. George Paletta performed a repair that could eventually prove to be an alternative to Tommy John surgery for select big-league pitchers. Until the St. Louis-based orthopedic surgeon saw inside Maness’ elbow, he wasn’t sure if Maness was a candidate to be the first established major-league pitcher to receive the new procedure, Paletta said.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 12, 2017 at 09:10 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: tommy john surgery

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Maness a trailblazer? New surgery for elbow repair cut recovery time

Maness is a week away from returning to the mound and expects to be ready for opening day, just 7½ months after surgery, because Dr. George Paletta performed a repair that could eventually prove to be an alternative to Tommy John surgery for select big-league pitchers. Until the St. Louis-based orthopedic surgeon saw inside Maness’ elbow, he wasn’t sure if Maness was a candidate to be the first established major-league pitcher to receive the new procedure, Paletta said.

Now, the doctor and his patient are eager to watch as Maness’ first time toeing the rubber could be, in their words, “a significant step forward” for the industry. Another doctor who performs the repair surgery, Dr. Jeffrey Dugas, said there is “cautious optimism.”

“It was a game-time decision,” said Maness, a free agent. “I’m going into it sort of expecting Tommy John and hoping for the other one. You go from looking at missing a whole season to possibly being back at the start of the year — that’s a big relief. When Dr. Paletta told me, it was like this little ray of light: There’s a chance.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 11, 2017 at 10:58 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, seth maness, tommy john surgery

 

 

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