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Tommy John surgery

Tommy John surgery is more properly called ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. It is an American term for a surgery designed to allow an American baseball pitcher to have a longer career. Dr. Frank Jobe invented the surgery and first performed it in 1974 on the baseball player, Tommy John. The surgery replaces a torn ligament in the elbow. In effect, a tendon is harvested from one part of the patient’s body and transplanted into the elbow. Modern pitchers throw the ball harder at a younger age, which means Tommy John surgery has become more prevalent.


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Until Prendergast is fully recovered from battling Tommy John surgery, Valesente said, he will put him in a few games for an inning or two and move from there. (The Ithacan)

The Huntington Beach (Calif.) baseball team will be without right-handed pitcher/third baseman Logan Pouelsen for the rest of the season after he underwent Tommy John surgery Friday. (USA Today)

Another study, published by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, linked warm-weather climates with a higher incidence of Tommy John surgery. (Sports Illustrated)

From youth baseball to the Major Leagues, more pitchers than ever are ending up in the operating room to undergo the dreaded replacement of their medial ulnar collateral ligaments, a procedure known as Tommy John surgery, named for the 284-win pitcher who was the first to undergo the procedure. (The Wall Street Journal)

Oakland pitcher Jarrod Parker is set for his third Tommy John surgery in two weeks and refuses to believe anything but the best. (The Greenfield Daily Reporter)

Mets manager Terry Collins has a stack of aces to pull from heading into a new year — and his rotation will only get better once Zack Wheeler returns from Tommy John surgery. (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

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