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Eric Gagne dodges Tommy John surgery   -  Jun 25, 2005
Canadian-born closer Eric Gagne did not need elbow ligament replacement surgery, which means the Los Angeles Dodgers' all-star should return earlier than ... CBC.ca

Braves' Tom Glavine avoids Tommy John surgery   -  Aug 20, 2008
Tom Glavine will have a torn left flexor tendon surgically repaired on Thursday. (John Bazemore/Associated Press). Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine should ... CBC.ca

Volquez undergoes Tommy John surgery   -  Aug 3, 2009
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez will likely be sidelined until late in the 2010 season after undergoing Tommy John ... TSN

Carpenter to have Tommy John surgery, out for season   -  Jul 19, 2007
ATLANTA (AP) β€” Losing Chris Carpenter for 161 games is bad enough. Knowing your ace will miss a considerable chunk of 2008 is far worse. ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Estes '98 percent' sure he'll have Tommy John surgery   -  May 29, 2006
AP. SAN DIEGO -- Padres left-hander Shawn Estes said Monday he is "98 percent" certain he's going to have reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow next ... ESPN

Tommy John surgery expected soon for Yanks' Pavano   -  May 24, 2007
NEW YORK -- Carl Pavano is headed for reconstructive elbow surgery, probably ending his unproductive stint with the New York Yankees and making his contract ... ESPN

Jays' Marcum to miss 2009 season after Tommy John surgery   -  Sep 19, 2008
TORONTO - The bright future the Toronto Blue Jays envisioned when they looked toward 2009 took a very bleak turn Friday with word that starter Shaun Marcum ... TSN

Hampton to make decision on Tommy John surgery   -  Sep 16, 2005
PHILADELPHIA -- Braves left-hander Mike Hampton, who has been out since Aug. 20 with a herniated disc, now faces the likelihood of Tommy John surgery. ... ESPN

Blue Jays' Ryan has Tommy John surgery   -  May 10, 2007
Paul Sancya / AP. TORONTO - Blue Jays closer BJ Ryan will miss the season after having Tommy John surgery on his left elbow Thursday, a major blow to ... msnbc.com

Yankees OF Nady to Have Tommy John Surgery   -  Jul 1, 2009
AP. Yankees outfielder Xavier Nady will have ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow after re-injuring it during a minor league rehab game. ... ABC News

Tigers catcher looking at 2nd Tommy John surgery   -  Jun 12, 2008
Detroit Tigers' Vance Wilson, here playing at spring training in 2007, tore the new ligament in his arm this week while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. ... CBC.ca

Pavano reportedly needs Tommy John surgery - Baseball- nbcsports. …   -  May 6, 2007
Jan. 18: Former MLB player Jose Offerman let his temper get the best of him, punching an umpire in a Dominican Winter League game. ... msnbc.com

D'backs Prospect Parker to Have Tommy John Surgery   -  Oct 22, 2009
AP. Arizona Diamondbacks pitching prospect Jarrod Parker will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Oct. 28. The team said in a statement that the ... ABC News

Wolf set for Tommy John surgery.(Randy Wolf)   -  Jun 23, 2005
PHILADELPHIA _ Phillies lefthander Randy Wolf said he carefully considered every option and every potential outcome. ... Free with registration - Philadelphia Inquirer - AccessMyLibrary.com

Brazoban needs Tommy John surgery   -  Apr 14, 2006
AP. LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Yhency Brazoban will undergo Tommy John surgery next week on his strained right elbow and will miss the rest of the ... ESPN

Carpenter throwing for first time since Tommy John surgery   -  Jan 19, 2008
AP. ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is throwing again and feeling good as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. ... ESPN

NL Notes: Tommy John surgery for Cubs pitcher | Baseball | Chron.com ...   -  Jul 2, 2009
Arizona, which managed a total of six hits while losing the last two games, is 10-15 in one-run games. The Cubs have acquired INF Jeff Baker from the ... Houston Chronicle

Tommy John surgery: Few can cut it twice   -  Jul 18, 2007
By Daniel Paulling, USA TODAY. Relief pitcher Al Reyes came into the final game of the St. Louis Cardinals' 2005 season to tune up for the postseason. ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Tommy John surgery will end Wolf's season   -  Jun 24, 2005
AP. PHILADELPHIA -- Randy Wolf will have season-ending elbow surgery that could sideline the Philadelphia Phillies' left-hander until next July. ... ESPN

Tommy John surgery likely for Hudson   -  Jul 31, 2008
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com. If Tim Hudson can throw without discomfort, he may be able to put off the surgery. (Kevork Djansezian/AP) ... MLB.com

MLB Notebook: Marlins' Johnson needs Tommy John surgery   -  Aug 3, 2007
The Florida Marlins' injury-plagued rotation received more bad news from the doctor yesterday. Right-hander Josh Johnson will require elbow surgery and ... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Jays' Jesse Litsch needs 'Tommy John' surgery   -  Jun 9, 2009
Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch, centre, leaves the game after injuring his forearm against the Minnesota Twins, April 13, 2009. AP FILE PHOTO ... Toronto Star

Gagne to have season-ending Tommy John surgery   -  Jun 21, 2005
AP. LOS ANGELES – Dodgers closer Eric Gagne will have season-ending surgery to fix a sprained ligament in his right elbow. ... San Diego Union - Tribune - San Diego Union Tribune

Royals' Aviles to undergo Tommy John surgery   -  Jul 1, 2009
AP. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Shortstop Mike Aviles, Kansas City's player of the year last season, will undergo Tommy John surgery and be sidelined for up to 12 ... SportingNews.com

Phillies Gordon might need Tommy John surgery   -  Aug 8, 2008
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Tom Gordon may need to undergo Tommy John ligament replacement surgery and is scheduled to ... TSN

… REVEALS LIRIANO NEEDS TOMMY JOHN SURGERY, THE ALL-STAR …   -  Sep 14, 2006
..."I don't know what's going to happen," said Liriano, who might be facing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Liriano was taken for a magnetic resonance ... $2.95 - St. Paul Pioneer Press - NewsBank

Milton to have season-ending Tommy John surgery   -  Jun 11, 2007
AP. CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Eric Milton is scheduled to have reconstructive elbow surgery Friday, almost certainly ending his season. ... ESPN

Twins LHP Liriano to undergo β€œTommy Johnβ€? surgery on Monday   -  Jan 19, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) - Francisco Liriano's brilliant rookie season ended with him sidelined by elbow soreness. Unfortunately, the lefthander will spend his ... Yahoo! Sports

Capuano to try rehab on elbow before considering Tommy John surgery   -  Mar 27, 2008
AP. PHOENIX -- Less than a week after being told he probably would need surgery on his ailing pitching elbow, Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Chris Capuano has ... ESPN

Mets reliever Padilla to undergo Tommy John surgery   -  Mar 13, 2006
AP. PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets reliever Juan Padilla will miss the season because of a right elbow injury. "If I had my speed and control, ... ESPN

Baldelli May Need Tommy John Surgery   -  Jun 15, 2005
ST. PETERSBURG -- Rocco Baldelli's comeback from knee surgery soon could be sidetracked by [Tommy John] surgery on his right elbow. ... Pay-Per-View - Tampa Tribune - ProQuest Archiver

Rockies' Buchholz has Tommy John surgery   -  Jun 17, 2009
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Colorado Rockies reliever Taylor Buchholz had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday on his right elbow. ... TSN

Marlins' Johnson undergoes Tommy John surgery, out through '08   -  Aug 5, 2007
AP. MIAMI -- Florida Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson underwent elbow surgery on Friday and likely will be sidelined through the 2008 season. ... ESPN

Reports: Brewers' Capuano headed for second Tommy John surgery   -  May 13, 2008
The Brewers lefty, who chose rehab over surgery in late March, appears to be headed for the second Tommy John surgery of his career, according to several ... ESPN

Durazo's season is over -- faces 'Tommy John' surgery   -  Jul 20, 2005
...(07-20) 04:00 PST Anaheim -- Erubiel Durazo's season is over and so possibly is his career as a member of the A's. The 30-year-old designated hitter, ... San Francisco Chronicle

… pitcher Willie Eyre to have Tommy John surgery, expected to miss...   -  Aug 25, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) β€” Texas Rangers pitcher Willie Eyre will undergo Tommy John surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the 2008 season. ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Gagne Is Back on the Shelf; Dodger closer will have surgery today to ...   -  Apr 7, 2006
Gagne, who had Tommy John surgery in 1999, is making $10 million in the last year of a two-year contract. Baez, who is making $4 million and also will be a ... Pay-Per-View - Los Angeles Times - ProQuest Archiver

Year after Tommy John surgery, Twins' Liriano says arm ready to go   -  Jan 27, 2008
Francisco Liriano has a clean bill of health, more than a year removed from ligament-replacement surgery. According to the left-hander, who attended the ... ESPN

Make Tommy John surgery standard operating procedure   -  Aug 11, 2009
By Thom Loverro on Aug. 11, 2009 into Lovey Land. Why bother to even try these young pitchers before they wind up needing Tommy John surgery? ... Washington Times

Griffin: Jays going deep as they go south   -  Jan 23, 2010
The 28-year-old right-hander, a free agent following Tommy John surgery last ... "There are other guys that have had Tommy John surgery twice and come back ... Toronto Star

RHP Donnelly has ``Tommy John'' surgery, ending season   -  Aug 14, 2007
AP. BOSTON -- Red Sox reliever Brendan Donnelly underwent "Tommy John" reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday, sidelining him at least through ... ESPN

Roundup: Wolf may need Tommy John surgery   -  Jun 14, 2005
PHILADELPHIA (AP) β€” β€” Philadelphia lefty Randy Wolf may need Tommy John surgery after an MRI exam revealed ligament damage in his pitching elbow. ... USA TODAY - USA Today

… .com - MLB - Baseball Prospectus: Tommy John surgery likely for...   -  Sep 14, 2006
By Will Carroll, BaseballProspectus.com. If anyone really wants to know the answer, it's not a million. It's 328, though all 328 got the same answer from me ... SI.com

METS CLOSER WAGNER TO HAVE TOMMY JOHN SURGERY   -  Sep 9, 2008
Author: AP. Billy Wagner is out for the rest of this season and likely all of next. The New York Mets closer will have surgery after an MRI today showed a ... $2.95 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - NewsBank

Is improvement after Tommy John surgery a myth or a reality? - SI.com...   -  Aug 20, 2009
By David Young, Special to SI.com. Tim Hudson, one of many pitchers to undergo Tommy John surgery, is expected to make his return to the bigs this season. ... SI.com

… Hill bouncing back from Tommy John surgery; Played through pain...   -  Feb 8, 2005
Shawn Hill is throwing baseballs 45 feet without a bounce these days and that means he's making good progress. The Washington Nationals prospect underwent ... Pay-Per-View - Toronto Star - Factiva, from Dow Jones

Gonzalez requires Tommy John surgery   -  May 25, 2007
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com. Mike Gonzalez hopes to undergo Tommy John surgery with Dr. James Andrews. (Gene J. Puskar/AP). ATLANTA -- When team physicians ... MLB.com

Original 'Tommy John' surgery paved way   -  Feb 4, 2008
Today, the success rate for Tommy John surgery is about 85 percent, ... I didn't think of [Tommy John surgery] as that great until maybe 10 or 15 years ... Boston Globe

NATIONALS' GUILLEN NEEDS TOMMY JOHN SURGERY   -  Jul 25, 2006
Author: AP. Washington Nationals outfielder Jose Guillen will have season-ending surgery today for a completely torn ligament in his right elbow. ... $2.95 - Lexington Herald Leader - NewsBank

Pitchers good as new after "Tommy John surgery"   -  May 3, 2007
By Anne Harding. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Major League Baseball pitchers who undergo "Tommy John surgery" to repair a ruptured ligament in the elbow will ... Reuters UK

Thirty-fifth anniversary of Tommy John surgery   -  Oct 18, 2009
By PETE GRATHOFF The Kansas City Star. Carpenter, the 2005 Cy Young Award winner, had helped the Cardinals win the 2006 World Series. ... Kansas City Star

Surgery not always a cure ; Tommy John surgery has saved several …   -  May 4, 2005
A starter again, [John Smoltz] could have retired at 32 after the surgery in 2000 and reflected on a solid career with the Braves. ... Pay-Per-View - Chicago Tribune - ProQuest Archiver

Tommy John surgery is rising among young pitchers | Sports | Chron.com...   -  Apr 22, 2008
By SAM KHAN JR. Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle. Alvin righthander Nathan Eovaldi managed to resume his baseball career after having Tommy John surgery. ... Houston Chronicle

Nady, Wilson brothers in arm surgeries   -  Jan 28, 2010
Nady underwent his first Tommy John surgery -- a procedure in which doctors use a tendon from a different part of the body to replace a torn ulnar ... MLB.com

Giants QB Rob Johnson back from Tommy John surgery vs. Chiefs   -  Aug 16, 2006
By Tom Canavan. AP. ALBANY, NY – More than two years after appearing in his last game and 18 months after having a tendon transplanted in his elbow, ... San Diego Union - Tribune - San Diego Union Tribune

Nady could need season-ending Tommy John surgery   -  Jun 26, 2009
When Xavier Nady took himself out in the fifth inning of Thursday night's game at Triple-A/Scranton Wilkes-Barre, general manager Brian Cashman didn't ... Newsday

Rockies Team Report   -  Jan 4, 2010
Weathers missed all of 2009 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2008, but he is on track to be ready when minor league spring training begins. ... Yahoo! Sports

Article: The Philadelphia Inquirer Jim Salisbury column: Another...   -  Sep 14, 2006
Lieber, four years removed from Tommy John surgery, held the Braves to two ... Pitchers make it back from Tommy John surgery in 12 to 14 months these days ... Pay-Per-View - Philadelphia Inquirer - HighBeam Research

Article: Once cutting edge, Tommy John surgery now delivers routine …   -  Jun 1, 2005
Once cutting edge, Tommy John surgery now delivers routine relief. ... find The Dallas Morning News (via Knight-Ridder/Tribune NewsService) articles. Pay-Per-View - Dallas Morning News - HighBeam Research

Reliever to have Tommy John surgery   -  Apr 27, 2007
AP. SEATTLE -- Mariners left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes will miss the entire season after deciding to have surgery on his pitching elbow. ... ESPN

Tim Hudson's return from Tommy John surgery pushed back to Tuesday - ...   -  Aug 31, 2009
By Adam Madison. Monday was supposed to be highlighted by the return of Tim Hudson, who is set to make his first start since July 23, 2008. ... ESPN

Article: Off the cutting edge: Tommy John surgery now common for …   -  Jun 5, 2005
Off the cutting edge: Tommy John surgery now common for pitchers ... find Deseret News (Salt Lake City) articles. ARLINGTON, Texas -- Before Rangers ... Pay-Per-View - Deseret News - HighBeam Research

Gagne to undergo back surgery   -  Jul 7, 2006
He underwent surgery on April 7 to remove a nerve from his pitching elbow β€” the same elbow that required Tommy John surgery in 1997. The three-time All-Star ... San Francisco Chronicle

Lamar's Ambort makes impressive comeback from Tommy John surgery   -  Mar 28, 2007
By Dennis Waszak Jr., AP Sports Writer. The Lamar catcher only remembers gradually feeling some pins and needles, not having the usual zip on his throws and ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Hudson has Tommy John surgery   -  Aug 8, 2008
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com. Tim Hudson is hoping to return to the Braves rotation in August next season. (Kevork Djansezian/AP) ... MLB.com

TWIB looks at Tommy John surgery   -  Aug 7, 2009
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com. When Dodgers pitcher Tommy John damaged his ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm in 1974, few thought he'd ever pitch ... MLB.com

Rookie righty Mathieson scheduled for Tommy John surgery   -  Sep 14, 2006
The Phillies announced Wednesday that [Scott Mathieson], a 22-year-old rookie, would have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Sept. 29. ... Pay-Per-View - Morning Call - ProQuest Archiver

Phillies' Smith to have Tommy John surgery   -  Jul 2, 2007
HOUSTON (AP) β€” Philadelphia Phillies reliever Matt Smith will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left throwing elbow on Tuesday, ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Article: Give Hall nod to Tommy John before Blyleven. - Chicago...   -  Jan 7, 2005
Article: Tommy John surgery hits close to home for Bluefish. ... When Dr ... legacy will be the continued success of Tommy John surgery. ... Pay-Per-View - Chicago Tribune - HighBeam Research

MITRE UNDERGOES TOMMY JOHN SURGERY   -  Jul 16, 2008
Just as the Marlins got one starting pitcher back from a torn elbow ligament, they lost another to the same injury. Marlins right-hander Sergio Mitre will ... Pay-Per-View - Palm Beach Post - NewsBank

Tommy John surgery innovator Jobe belongs in Cooperstown - Jul. 27, …   -  Jul 27, 2007
Baseball has benefited greatly from the revolutionary changes brought about by Frank Jobe, father of Tommy John surgery. He should be in the Hall of Fame. ... CNNMoney.com

Indians OF Choo undergoes Tommy John surgery   -  Sep 25, 2007
CLEVELAND (AP) β€” Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow and is expected to have limited participation during spring ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Teenage Pitchers Volunteer for Tommy John Surgery   -  Aug 1, 2007
By Brandon Keim. Anecdotal evidence suggests that otherwise healthy teenage pitchers are pushing for Tommy John surgery, in which a tendon is taken from the ... Wired News

From Top to Bottom, Yankees Are Dealing With Arm Trouble - NYTimes. …   -  Sep 5, 2009
He previously had Tommy John surgery. The top pitcher at Trenton, Zach McAllister, 21, ... Humberto Sanchez, also 26, had Tommy John surgery in 2007. ... New York Times

Article: Twins' Liriano to have major surgery, miss '07 - Chicago Sun...   -  Nov 4, 2006
Liriano found out Friday that he requires Tommy John surgery, a ligament transplant ... 2005 after undergoing Tommy John surgery but has returned ... ... Pay-Per-View - Chicago Sun-Times - HighBeam Research

Diamond to have Tommy John surgery   -  Mar 19, 2007
By TR Sullivan / MLB.com. SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers right-handed pitching prospect Thomas Diamond is scheduled to undergo Tommy John elbow reconstruction ... MLB.com

Wolf might need Tommy John surgery   -  Jun 15, 2005
From Wire Reports. Philadelphia lefty Randy Wolf might need Tommy John surgery after a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed ligament damage in his ... Pay-Per-View - Orlando Sentinel - ProQuest Archiver

Pirates sign Burres, Cotts, Yates to minor league deals   -  Jan 4, 2010
Yates, a 32-year-old right-hander who had agreed more than a month ago to return to the Pirates, also had Tommy John surgery, his on July 14. ... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Hill has Tommy John surgery   -  Jun 30, 2009
Shawn Hill made three starts for the Padres this season, going 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP). By Corey Brock / MLB.com ... MLB.com

Cleveland's Westbrook to have Tommy John surgery   -  Jun 8, 2008
RHP Jake Westbrook will have Tommy John surgery, sidelining him for the rest of the season. RHP Jeremy Bonderman likely will miss the rest of the season ... Houston Chronicle

Article: Surgery likely for Capuano - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...   -  May 14, 2008
Article: Tommy John surgery hits close to home for Bluefish. ... When Dr ... legacy will be the continued success of Tommy John surgery. ... Pay-Per-View - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - HighBeam Research

Hagadone facing Tommy John surgery?   -  Apr 25, 2008
Nick Hagadone, the left-hander chosen first by the Sox in last June's draft, is facing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, according to ... Boston Globe

Article: Reds fire Miley; Gagne needs surgery - Deseret News (Salt...   -  Jun 22, 2005
Kremchek performed Tommy John surgery on the Red Sox reliever ... who also had Tommy John ... Article: JOINT EFFORT TOMMY JOHN SURGERY IS A SOURCE OF HOPE . ... Pay-Per-View - Deseret News - HighBeam Research

Reds' Closer Guardado Has Tommy John Surgery   -  Sep 8, 2006
Cincinnati, OH -- (Sports Network) - Cincinnati Reds closer Eddie Guardado had reconstructive Tommy John surgery on Friday morning to repair the torn ulnar ... WFtv.com

Thirty-fifth anniversary of Tommy John surgery   -  Oct 19, 2009
Carpenter, the 2005 Cy Young Award winner, had helped the Cardinals win the 2006 World Series. But he made just four starts in 2007 and 08 combined. ... $2.95 - Kansas City Star - NewsBank

Nady a physical away from spot in Cubs OF   -  Jan 27, 2010
It was the second Tommy John surgery on Nady's elbow in his professional career. The first was after his league-MVP season in the Class A California League ... Chicago Sun-Times

… Sox prospect Nick Hagadone back on track after Tommy John surgery   -  Jan 29, 2009
BY JOE McDONALD. Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester was in the midst of his final spring-training tuneup last March when he was first introduced to fellow southpaw ... Providence Journal

… IN DIAGNOSIS NO TOMMY JOHN SURGERY NEEDED, BUT HE'S STILL …   -  Jun 14, 2008
PUTZ CAN TAKE SOME SOLACE IN DIAGNOSIS NO TOMMY JOHN SURGERY NEEDED, BUT HE'S STILL DOWN.(Sports) ... find Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Seattle, WA) articles ... Pay-Per-View - Seattle Post-Intelligencer - HighBeam Research

Pitcher of health 'Tommy John' surgery hasn't derailed prospect |...   -  Mar 10, 2009
Pitcher of health 'Tommy John' surgery hasn't derailed prospect ... find The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel articles. Scottsdale, Ariz. Pay-Per-View - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - HighBeam Research

TOMMY JOHN SURGERY: Operating on big potential - CARLOS …   -  Aug 7, 2007
Martinez is back with the Marlins, but in reality he is still on his way back from Tommy John surgery -- a long road that is getting crowded with Marlins. ... $2.95 - Miami Herald - NewsBank

Mets slow down Billy Wagner's quick recovery from Tommy John surgery   -  Mar 13, 2009
BY Adam Rubin. PORT ST. LUCIE - Billy Wagner, who has been throwing in his native Virginia, has been shut down by the Mets. But there's no bad news. ... New York Daily News

Off the cutting edge: Tommy John surgery now common for pitchers   -  Jun 5, 2005
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Before Rangers relievers Carlos Almanzar and Frank Francisco underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery, Doug Brocail had a little chat ... $2.95 - Deseret News - NewsBank

… way into history In 1974, Tommy John surgery extended its namesakes...   -  Jun 11, 2007
Note: Quotes: 'When Dr. Jobe saw my elbow and heard about all the cortisone shots, he said, "Oh my God! It's a wonder you lasted this long."' - Tommy John ... Pay-Per-View - Newsday - ProQuest Archiver

Vicksburg pitcher Billy Maple bounces back after Tommy John surgery   -  May 24, 2009
Vicksburg junior Billy Maple recorded 17 strikeouts in a shutout of Comstock on Friday to improve his record to 6-3 and lower his earned run average to 1.55 ... MLive.com

Article: Florida Marlins' Johnson to have elbow surgery today. -...   -  Aug 3, 2007
The procedure, called Tommy John surgery, typically involves ... procedure on Verona's ... Article: Tommy John surgery hits close to home for Bluefish. ... Pay-Per-View - South Florida Sun - Sentinel - HighBeam Research

Dominican senior back after Tommy John surgery | Article from The …   -  May 8, 2008
Dominican senior back after Tommy John surgery ... find The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel articles. Wouldn't you know it? Phil Cook runs out to his shortstop ... Pay-Per-View - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - HighBeam Research

BLUE JAYS' RYAN HAS TOMMY JOHN SURGERY   -  May 11, 2007
Author: AP. --Toronto closer BJ Ryan will miss the rest of the season after having Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. Ryan was 0-2 with three saves and a ... $2.75 - Minneapolis Star-Tribune - NewsBank

… NOTEBOOK Gagne avoids Tommy John surgery | Article from Chicago …   -  Jun 25, 2005
BASEBALL NOTEBOOK Gagne avoids Tommy John surgery ... find Chicago Sun-Times articles. Eric Gagne did not need elbow ligament replacement surgery, ... Pay-Per-View - Chicago Sun-Times - HighBeam Research

Dotel To Have "Tommy John" Surgery   -  Jun 3, 2005
Oakland, CA -- Oakland Athletics pitcher Octavio Dotel will undergo reconstructive surgery on his ailing right elbow, which will sideline the righthanded ... local10.com

… routine; Full recovery from Tommy John surgery still long.(SPORTS)   -  Mar 13, 2005
SARASOTA -- They're only separated by six pages in the Cincinnati Reds media guide, but Brandon Claussen, Todd Coffey and Phil Dumatrait share a bond and a ... Free with registration - Sarasota Herald-Tribune - AccessMyLibrary.com



Background information on Tommy John surgery [When available]

Tommy John surgery, known by doctors as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (or UCL), is a surgical procedure in which a ligament in the elbow is replaced with a tendon or ligament from elsewhere in the body (often the forearm, hamstring or wrist). The surgery is named after Tommy John, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers who was the first professional athlete to successfully undergo the operation in 1974. The procedure was performed by Dr. Frank Jobe.

Chances of a complete recovery after surgery are estimated today at 85 to 90 percent. At the time of Tommy John's operation, Jobe put his odds at 1 in 100. After his surgery in 1974, John spent 18 months rehabilitating his arm, returned for the 1976 season, and went on to pitch in the major leagues until age 46. Today, the procedure takes about an hour, and full rehabilitation takes about a year.

It is not uncommon today for pitchers to throw harder after the surgery than they did before the injury that caused the surgery to be necessary.

A torn elbow ligament — the most common cause of what was simply called "dead arm injury" during most of the 20th century — can be caused by a number of things, but the injury is most common in pitchers and the most frequent cause is throwing too hard or overwork.

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