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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Leading Tommy John surgeon defends procedures for MLB players during coronavirus crisis

Jumping ahead somewhat to the relevant content:

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle’s Henry Schulman, Dr. Neal ElAttrache — a Los Angeles-based surgeon who performs Tommy John surgery and other procedures for several teams — said that such surgeries are too important to players’ livelihoods to be considered elective.

From the Chronicle:

“People need to be a little more thoughtful how they judge Tyler Beede or the Giants for trying to take care of him,” Dr. Neal ElAttrache said by phone from Los Angeles, where he is based.

“I know that I’m going to get criticized for taking care of these kinds of guys, but it’s essential to their livelihoods,” ElAttrache said. “If you have somebody’s career at stake and they lose two seasons instead of one, I would say that is not a non-essential or unimportant elective procedure.”

As our British friends would put it, Mandy Rice-Davies applies.


QLE Posted: March 25, 2020 at 12:27 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. baxter Posted: March 25, 2020 at 01:05 AM (#5933294)
Funny thing is, there ain't gonna be

any boxing championships this year
--Daniel Taradash
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 25, 2020 at 05:34 PM (#5933508)
The Wall Street Journal has an article on Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John Surgery, which notes that in Florida the doctors make the call on what surgeries meet the criteria:
In Florida, doctors are able to define the details of what is essential and what is not—and they have said that his surgery is essential.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: March 25, 2020 at 05:50 PM (#5933513)
Truly this is a tragic situation. Why, if Tyler Beede didn't get this surgery, he might be forced to do absolutely nothing to earn his guaranteed $600,000 annual salary!
   4. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: March 25, 2020 at 07:20 PM (#5933529)

I totally understand the concerns, but this doesn't rank that high on my outrage meter at the moment.

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