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One of the “Million Dollar Arm” pitchers just had Tommy John surgery

May 20, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel of the Pittsburgh Pirates Getty Images

In theaters now is “Million Dollar Arm,” Disney’s version of Rinku Singh and Dinesh Kumar Patel’s unlikely journey from game show winners in India to minor league pitchers in the United States. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN has their story.

Along the way, Crasnick tells us that, though their major league baseball dreams didn’t materialize, one of them did get to experience something many, many major league pitchers have lately: Tommy John surgery for Singh:

Last summer, Singh experienced another ritual that’s become increasingly more commonplace among young American and Latino males in his new profession: He underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. Like Matt Harvey, Jose Fernandez and so many other All-Stars/household names, Singh is dealing with the emotional and physical fallout of an ulnar collateral ligament tear. He’ll spend this summer rehabbing in an effort to return to the playing field in 2015.

In this case, I do not think we can realistically look at the subject being overworked in highly-competitive youth traveling leagues as the culprit.

  1. esracerx46 - May 20, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    So much for that theory on throwing to much during developmental causing the UCL injuries

    • apkyletexas - May 20, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      Cricket pitchers throw constantly, and it’s a really crazy throwing motion with lots of windup and no real balance. At least the ones I knew when I was in college. I wouldn’t be surprised if young Cricket players were burning their arms up just as much as young American pitchers.

      • rbj1 - May 20, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        In the Commonwealth, it’s referred to as Thomas Jonathan surgery.

      • mckludge - May 20, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        That’s Sir Thomas Jonathan, if you please.

      • itsallbygrace - May 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        According to the movie these guys never played nor liked cricket.

    • bfunk1978 - May 20, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      I don’t think so – there are a whole host of reasons for various occurrences, and many different things can be contributing factors.

  2. chris3141084 - May 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Maybe it’s the actual act of throwing. *Shocker*

    • tuberippin - May 21, 2014 at 3:53 AM

      I feel so lied to… all this time, it was the unnatural motion of the shoulder and elbow joints!

  3. dlgdc - May 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    They could have been throwing too much during development. They were both competitive javelin throwers since childhood.

    • randomdigits - May 20, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Second ever TJ surgery was performed on an Olympic javelin thrower.

  4. mikhelb - May 20, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    So much for the theory of throwing too much being the cause of all the maladies.

    For the US teams and front offices is far more comfortable having an “overwork” theory as the culprit since they’ve advocated more and more rest since the early 90s, expanding the role of the bullpen which in reality was used for almost a 100 years before that point as a backup for the starter when he got tired in the 8th or 9th inning, or if he was demolished by the rival team. It helps explain why they dedicate so much money in relievers and specialize them: long relief, middle relief, situational reliefs, setup, closers. And why they ultimately spend so much in starters.

    Now that pitchers get Tommy John injuries as young as this Indian kid they might open their eyes and accept they were wrong, and instead of drafting and signing kids who throw the hardest, they should be looking for those with good biomechanics for their type of body and type of motion since TJ surgeries have increased as average fastball speed has increased, and as rest has increased for pitchers. The less they train, the more they are getting injuried. They dont get the chance to find their optimal delivery and do not train to pitch but to throw, which is not the same thing in baseball terms.

  5. musketmaniac - May 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    pirate fan that can care less. in the movie trailer the guy who came up with this bozo idea says this is my last chance. Scary shyt here, what and where does this go from here.

  6. jokeydee - Oct 11, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    Any time you use force repeatedly its bound to mess something up over time.

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