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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Royals announce that reliever Greg Holland will miss remainder of the season

Greg Holland’s season is over.

The Royals announced Thursday that Holland will not pitch again this year due to an injury to his right elbow. The team said the severity of the injury will be determined next week when he is examined by Neil ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthapaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

The prospect of Tommy John surgery looms over Holland, who was 3-2 with 32 saves and a 3.83 ERA this season.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 24, 2015 at 05:04 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: elbow injury, greg holland, royals, tommy john surgery

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Josh Johnson, aiming for comeback, to have third Tommy John surgery -

This doesn’t sound promising.

Padres right-hander Josh Johnson, still aiming for another comeback, is having a third Tommy John surgery soon, according to sources.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2015 at 09:55 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: josh johnson, padres, tommy john surgery

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Friday, September 04, 2015

Deadspin: Boras wants Harvey shut down after 180 IP

Boras wants to Strasburg Harvey.

Heyman’s latest article details the dispute that has arisen between Alderson and Boras over the health of Matt Harvey, who is anchoring a near-immortal Mets rotation and also happens to be one of Boras’s biggest clients. The two are at loggerheads over the number of innings Harvey has pitched. Boras believes his client, who is in the midst of his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery, needs to be shut down once he pitches 180 innings, for the sake of his future health. Alderson would obviously like to have one of his best pitchers available for what could be a deep Mets playoff run. Harvey has so far pitched 166 innings this year. You can see the problem.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jason Vargas has torn UCL, Tommy John surgery likely

So much for Yordano’s demotion.

Jason Vargas had an MRI today after he left last night’s outing in the second inning and the result was a torn ulnar collateral ligament, the injury most associated with Tommy John surgery. Typically for Tommy John surgery, a pitcher will miss 12-15 months, meaning Vargas is definitely out for all of this season and will likely miss most or all of 2016.  The 32-year old left-hander had been out since June 8 with an flexor tendon strain, but returned last night after a rehab stint with AA Northwest Arkansas. For the year, Vargas had a 3.98 ERA in nine starts.

The 32-year old left-hander was 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA and 2.2 fWAR in his first season for the Royals in 2014. He signed a four-year $32 million contract before the 2014 season that will run through 2017.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

For a Catcher Who Had a Pitcher’s Surgery, Recovery From a Different Angle -

My theory is that it’s effort,” Wieters said. “Pitchers are now throwing with 100 percent effort almost every pitch they throw out there. I think back in the day, one, they didn’t have all the M.R.I.s and things to find it, but also those guys would save their 100 percent effort for when they needed it.”

Wieters said that Jim Palmer and Scott McGregor, who starred for the Orioles and retired in the 1980s, had told him that. But today’s pitchers, Wieters said, rarely last as long in games and face more home run threats throughout a lineup.

“Now, you have so many sixth-, seventh- and eighth-inning guys, the starters are just having to get through five innings, so they give everything they have on every pitch,” Wieters said. “With the way bullpens are set up now, one run can lose you the ballgame. So everything’s max effort, and I don’t think the elbow was meant to throw a baseball as hard as some of the guys are throwing it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: matt wieters, orioles, tommy john surgery

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Velocity and the Likelihood of Tommy John Surgery | Community – FanGraphs Baseball

Don’t want to get hurt, stop throwing so hard.

As you can see these results are more in line with Dr. Fleisig’s results (25% Major League pitchers). I don’t think it’s unreasonable there are some differences, however. This would depend on our methods of gathering the data and how we defined what a Major League pitcher is. My definition was very loose. Basically if a pitcher came up and threw one inning, then I put him in the results. The reason why I didn’t have a stricter definition of what a Major League pitcher was was because my goal wasn’t to find the percentage of Majors League pitchers who had Tommy John. Rather it was to examine the relationship between velocity and Tommy John surgeries. This is really just an added bonus. Also, Dr. Fleisig’s goal was to see how many current pitchers had Tommy John. My results are the percentage of pitchers who have had Tommy John since 2002 and 2007. We, however, now can accurately conclude, in my estimation, that Carroll’s results were way too high and that velocity does increase a player’s chance of having Tommy John.

This can make pitcher selection now very interesting. For example, if you are trying to decipher whether to get a pitcher who throws 96 MPH who is just as good as a pitcher who throws 90 MPH, you might be better off taking the guy who throws 90. By doing that you would be reducing the odds that that pitcher has Tommy John by about 7 to 10 percent, which is pretty good if you ask me. Also if you’re a GM or in fantasy and are terrified of relievers because you think they all tear their ulnar collateral ligaments, well you shouldn’t be. Your starters are actually slightly more likely to tear their UCL. There are of course other factors to consider here but these can serve as basic general guidelines. Finally velocity does increase your likelihood of tearing your UCL, although with starters the data is a little murkier.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: pitcher injuries, pitching, sabermetrics, tommy john surgery

Sunday, May 03, 2015 Recovery from Tommy John surgery in 6 months? How Mets and Yankees are helping MLB solve elbow injury epidemic

The Mets are among five teams that have agreed to allow the use of their pitchers taken in the 2014 draft to be involved in a study that is being run in accordance with MLB and the players association, as well as the American Sports Medicine Institute. While the Mets are involved in the pilot year, those in charge of research hope to eventually expand to all minor league pitchers and each team. [...]

Jeff Dugas is also trying to answer that question as well. A surgeon at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, he is performing a new surgical approach to torn ulnar collateral ligaments that could potentially cut down the recovery period for pitchers by at least six months. [...]

Dugas’ solution is a surgery that uses collagen-dipped super-tape. “Strong enough to tow a car with, basically,” he says. The tape is then attached to each end of the ligament and to the bone with an anchor, repairing the UCL back to where it tore off.


bobm Posted: May 03, 2015 at 06:34 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, tommy john surgery, yankees

Friday, May 01, 2015

Reds’ Homer Bailey to have surgery, miss 2015 season

As expected, Homer Bailey’s 2015 season is over and he will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in his right elbow, better known as “Tommy John” surgery.

Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek will perform the surgery next Friday in Cincinnati. Recovery from Tommy John surgery typically takes one year, meaning the Reds expect Bailey to return sometime next season.

Bailey, who turns 29 on Sunday, missed the end of 2014 with a right elbow flexor mass injury and had surgery to repair that injury last September. The Reds say the two injuries are unrelated….

Bailey signed a six-year deal worth $105 million last February.

Bailey was 9-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 23 starts in 2014 before his injury and made two starts for the Reds this season before going on the disabled list.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 01, 2015 at 05:03 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: homer bailey, reds, tommy john surgery

Monday, April 27, 2015

Brandon McCarthy out for the year with torn UCL

Nick Johnson thinks Brandon McCarthy is injury-prone.

Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy got bad news with the results of his MRI on Monday. The right-hander has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and is out for the season.

The club placed McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. He is still talking though his options with doctors, but it seems unavoidable that Tommy John surgery in in McCarthy’s future.

“It certainly looks one direction and I don’t want to be one of those guys who plays the string out for a few months only to kind of waste everybody’s time, myself included,” McCarthy said. “If we need to get it done, we’ll get it done.”

The return timetable if McCarthy has surgery is 14-15 months, essentially putting him out until the 2016 All-Star break.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2015 at 10:03 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon mccarthy, dodgers, tommy john surgery, ucl

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Velocity’s Relationship with Pitcher Arm Injuries – The Hardball Times

When will the game get serious about preventing these injuries? Stop pitchers from throwing so hard, MLB! THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN!!

Earlier this year, Fleisig acknowledged to Grantland’s Jonah Keri that velocity could be an issue:

Velocity is a factor. All things being equal, throwing 95 miles per hour is more stressful than throwing 90. But throwing 95 miles per hour with good mechanics is less stressful than throwing 90 miles per hour with bad mechanics. Throwing 95 miles per hour with proper rest is less dangerous than throwing 90 miles per hour without rest.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: tommy john surgery

Thursday, April 09, 2015

What we’ve missed about Tommy John surgery

If you were just wondering where you could find lists and lists of Tommy John surgeries, have I got an article for you!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2015 at 03:45 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: tommy john surgery



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