Tommy John Surgery Newsbeat
Thursday, August 28, 2014
NEW YORK—After spending the past few months battling the frustration that came courtesy of his attempt to return from a second Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, Jonny Venters received some jarring news on Thursday, when Dr. James Andrews informed him that he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow for a third time.
If Venters decides he wants to attempt to pitch again, he would need to undergo Tommy John surgery for a third time.
171 innings over his first two years with a 200ish ERA+ and 10 Ks/9.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs will undergo Tommy John surgery and will perhaps be sidelined until the 2016 season. The team made the announcement on Sunday. Not long ago, the team placed Skaggs on the DL with a flexor strain, and now, obviously, the worst-case scenario has been realized.
Monday, August 04, 2014
Tanaka was sweaty and smiling after 50-pitch game of catch. Told me he felt good and no pain. First of many steps.
— Sweeny Murti (@YankeesWFAN) August 4, 2014
Manager Joe Girardi will meet with the media at approximately 4 p.m. ET, at which point he will surely discuss Tanaka’s throwing session and the next step in his rehab process.
Tanaka, 25, suffered the ligament tear the week before the All-Star break. He was examined by three doctors and all three agreed the tear was small enough that he should rehab the injury rather than undergo Tommy John surgery.
Tanaka can’t be back until September at the earliest, so the Yankees’ postseason fate may be decided before he plays in another game, but if the rehab is really working and he’s able to avoid the knife, this is great news for their 2015 team - and more importantly, great news for baseball fans who get to see a heck of a pitcher.
Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq.
Posted: August 04, 2014 at 03:10 PM | 8 comment(s)
boy, i can't wait to see him on the yankees
cut him open anyway
tommy john surgery
Friday, May 30, 2014
Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has performed numerous Tommy John surgeries on the elbows of baseball players. Dr. Kevin Wilk, his longtime physical therapist colleague, has overseen the rehabilitation of many of these athletes following the procedure.
And after witnessing an increasing number of throwers seeking Tommy John surgery at progressively younger ages, Andrews and Wilk are trying to stem the tide of these devastating injuries at the youth level by teaming up to develop an iOS application designed to educate players, parents and coaches on how to prevent throwing injuries.
The app, Throw Like a Pro, will be released in the coming weeks. When available, it will feature four main elements, all centered around scientific data and input from Andrews and Wilk.
Won’t this be bad for business, Doc?
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Not a long statement but it’s informative.
During the past few years there has been an “epidemic” rise in the number of professional pitchers requiring ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”).1 This is like déjà vu, as a similar sharp rise was seen in adolescent pitchers near the turn of the century.2,3 These two rises are indeed connected; that is, today’s pro pitcher in his 20’s was an adolescent pitcher a dozen years ago. Thus in many cases, the injury leading to Tommy John surgery in today’s young pro pitchers actually began while they were adolescent amateurs. Observations by orthopaedic surgeons support this link, as the torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in a pro pitcher usually looks like it has worn out over time.
Hat tip to Hardball Talk.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
For all the progress made by science and mathematics in countless areas of baseball, the prediction and prevention of injuries — particularly those to pitchers like Fernandez — remain a frustrating mystery. In a game where everything is dissected with painstaking rigor, not even sabermetricians have been able to make much headway in reducing the rate at which pitchers get hurt. They’ve been at it for more than a decade, and they’re as stymied as the rest.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
If you want to lower the mound, knock yourself out. If you think this will cure the “epidemic” I have a bottle of Arm Cure Vapor that I want to sell you.
It’s time to act again. We have reached a convergence of the biggest on-field problems affecting baseball: the increase in strikeouts, the drag on offense and pace of play caused by increased bullpen usage and the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries on young pitchers. All of those problems can be addressed by lowering the mound. Baseball shouldn’t wait for more young stars to blow out their elbows before deciding to do something about it.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
we’ve already seen 14 major league pitchers undergo Tommy John surgery just this year. And two others are scheduled to have surgery next week: Yankees starter Ivan Nova and Rangers reliever Pedro Figueroa.
And this is happening in a sport that averaged fewer than 16 of those surgeries per year between 2000 and 2011.
Grover Alexander used to rub horse lineament on his arm.
Friday, April 25, 2014
As the recent rash of season-ending injuries indicates, we’re a long way from figuring out when a pitcher is about to break. Not every injury is preceded by a warning sign, and not every red flag reveals a real problem. Many pitcher injuries are the result of cumulative wear and tear, but the process often culminates in one pitch, followed by a pop or a sharp pain and an arm clutched tightly on the trip back to the dugout. From there, it’s just a matter of time until the Twitpic from the operating table.
What if teams could anticipate and avoid the delivery that pushes the pitcher too far? Could early detection, early removal, and time off for rest and rehab preserve a ligament that’s on its last legs but hasn’t yet passed the point of no return?
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