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Questions Remain on Beltran and Tanaka

MLB: New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays… However, despite that, it seems more prudent to me – particularly with older players who may require more healing time – to opt for surgery earlier and allow for a longer period of rehab; particularly in a non-playoff situation. This ensures the best possible recovery and minimizes risk of returning to play (even practice) sooner than medically desirable.

Is Tanaka's Return Enough of a Test?

searchEven if he successfully completes one or two 75-pitch-starts without complaint, there is no assurance that Tanaka will be able to avoid surgery. It is not likely that the tensile strength of his torn ligament is fully restored as of yet, and – even if he passes the first test – only repeated demands will determine the outcome. If these cumulative demands exceed the ability of the ligament to withstand the stress, it will break down once again.

UCL Rehab Can’t Be Rushed: Listen Up Matt Harvey!

Flickr-8006476237Healing takes time and the body can’t be rushed. Feeling good without the demands of an activity likely to offend is not a predictor of ultimate success. Not even a little. Though his musculature can be coaxed back to full capacity, Harvey’s new ligament isn’t likely to be at full strength until October. Rushing through a throwing program and pitching too often, at high velocities and at full capacity won’t hasten his recovery but will prove to stress his new UCL beyond its capacity. Unless he’d like to face a revision surgery down the road – perhaps sooner than later – Harvey would be wise to take direction from his medical team without a fight.

Dr. James Andrews Explains The Tommny John Epidemic

Flickr-8006476237Dr. James Andrews, the renowned orthopaedic surgeon who founded Birmingham, Alabama’s American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), is one of the go-to guys for baseball players throughout the country when they suffer from shoulder or elbow issues. Last week Dr. Andrews published a position statement to explain the current “epidemic” of pitchers’ ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injures and the resultant Tommy John surgeries.

The Tommy John procedure entails the reconstruction of the elbow’s UCL – which is the ligament that stabilizes the inner aspect of the joint.

Andrews details the risk factors that predispose adolescent pitchers to UCL wear and tear. The primary concern is…

An Epidemic of Tommy John Procedures in MLB

elbow-anatomy1Many have taken note of the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries in baseball of late, and the reason for it is both straightforward and enigmatic. Straightforward because an elbow wasn’t designed to pitch, especially repetitively and with such velocity. Many are destined to break down. A bit of a mystery still because it does seem like more athletes face this surgery than in the past. Why is that?

Matt Harvey’s Partial Tear: Surgery Now Or Chance It?

imagesIf Matt Harvey were an everyday guy pitching in a Central Park League and he opted to try conservative management after partially tearing his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), we wouldn’t give it a second thought.

With an uncertain outcome either way – and greater overall risks with surgery – what would he have to lose? It wouldn’t be as though his livelihood depended on the result. And, after all, if rehab alone didn’t wind up being the answer, surgery could be done later than sooner. The primary downside would be time spent or, depending on how you look at it, time lost.

My point exactly. It also appears to be a point made by Mets’ management, though the choice has rightly been left to the All Star.

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