Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Tommy John Surgery -- Everything you every wanted to know... 

Terrific, and lengthy, piece in the free section of Baseball Prospectus today on Tommy John surgery, the procedure developed by Frank Jobe which replaces a damaged ulnar collateral ligament in an elbow with a tendon harvested from somewhere else on the patient's body.

To get a sense for how much Jobe's surgical technique has changed the game, just consider the fact that 75 of the 700 pitchers who pitched in the majors in 2002 and 2003 had had Tommy John surgery. Before it was developed, these sorts of elbow injuries were essentially career-enders.

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