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Thumb UCL Sprains – Understanding Mike Trout’s Injury

Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels’ star outfielder, will undergo surgery tomorrow for a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his left thumb. The injury occurred – as most of these do in baseball – when the 25 year-old slid into second on a stolen-base attempt on Sunday. Trout, who throws and bats right handed, had an MRI later that day that confirmed the tear. This will be Trout’s first stint on the DL and it will be for a significant period.

We talk about the UCL at the elbow a great deal in baseball, as it is the ligament most often torn by pitchers and subsequently reconstructed with the Tommy John procedure. At the base of the thumb, just as at the elbow, the UCL

Understanding Eovaldi's injury double jeapardy

nathan_eovaldiStarting right-hander, Nathan Eovaldi, is scheduled to undergo surgery for both a torn ulnar collateral ligament and flexor tendon in his right elbow. At only 26 years old, this will be his second go-round with the Tommy John procedure to address a UCL tear, the first one having occurred while the pitcher was in high school.

The Wall Street Journal’s Jared Diamond, reported that Eovaldi’s flexor tendon was torn completely off the bone.

An understanding of the intimate relationship between the flexor tendon and the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) at the elbow explains how these two injuries can occur in tandem.

Why Tanaka's Latest Trip To The DL Is No Surprise

searchA partial tear of the UCL — also referred to as a moderate (Grade 2) sprain — causes laxity (looseness) of the ligament. This, in turn, creates joint instability. The resulting instability places even greater stress on the surrounding tissues. The tissues often impacted by medial elbow stresses include the wrist flexor muscles…

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.

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.

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