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Tommy John Surgery: Worst Case Scenario For Joba Chamberlain

images-12Only one day after going on the DL with what was purported to be a muscle strain of the flexor tendons attaching at the inner elbow (medial epicondylitis), a contrast MRI revealed that Joba Chamberlain has a ligament tear that will likely require Tommy John surgery.

Joba Chamberlain And The Flexor Tendon

images-15A tendon is the extension of a muscle, attaching it to the bone. In looking at many reports of Joba’s injury, I could find no mention of the specific tendon involved. However, a NY Times report stated that Chamberlain’s soreness is in the forearm, near the inside of the elbow. This is commonly referred to as medial epicondylitis, or golfer’s elbow. Most involved in this diagnosis are the wrist flexors and the pronator teres muscle.

Strasburg’s Predictable Tear

images-322 year-old Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg was placed on the disabled list last week for the second time in his brief major league career after suffering what was termed a “significant tear” of the ulnar (medial) collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow. He had exited a game early only days before, with what was reportedly flexor tendinitis in his right forearm.

Team officials have been quoted as saying that Strasburg’s newest injury likely occurred during one particular pitch. Were the two injuries related? Was the earlier injury a warning sign? For the record, it should be noted that stress to the medial (inner) compartment of the elbow – a common problem for pitchers – can impact not only the UCL, but can also create inflammatory conditions in all of the structures that occupy this region. These include…