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30 Seconds to Know: Explaining Tommy John surgery

Apr 14, 2014, 11:03 AM EDT

30 Seconds To Know

We’ve seen a rash of pitchers going down to Tommy John surgery this year. Just last week the foremost practitioner of the dark art of ligament reconstruction surgery — Dr. James Andrews — opined that this increase is due to the fact that young kids are throwing harder and throwing more often than they should be, and by the time the reach the pros, their elbows’ fates have already been sealed.

This is sobering news for anyone trying to build a pitching staff, but it is going to make Tommy John surgery an increasingly common fact of life in the coming years. And, in case you were fuzzy on what it entails, allow me to explain it to you in 30 seconds:


  1. unlost1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Your video needs 13 seconds of surgery

  2. bobdira - Apr 14, 2014 at 12:50 PM


  3. moogro - Apr 14, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    man-up argle-macho-bargle-nolan ryan-argle

  4. murmane - Apr 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Just curious, but where did the 1/3 of active pitchers statistic come from?

  5. jlbarefoot - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM


    Do you know how many players have had Tommy John Surgery so far this year? It would be interesting to see if the number of players each year is increasing.


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