Tommy John Surgeries Are Down In MLB. Will It Last?

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Tommy John Surgeries Are Down In MLB. Will It Last?
Tommy John Surgeries Are Down In MLB. Will It Last?

For many seasons, it seemed like the number of pitchers forced to have Tommy John surgery each year was going to keep climbing forever. But there's evidence that something remarkable has happened in the past couple of years: The Tommy John epidemic has slowed. In 2014, 130 pitchers in major and minor league baseball had the surgery, according to a list maintained by FanGraphs analyst Jon Roegele. There were 143 in 2015, followed by 122 in 2016 and 100 last year. In 2018? So far, 75. The harder players throw, the more stress is put on the ulnar collateral ligament, a triangular, roughly 1-by-2 centimeter ligament that connects the humerus bone of the upper arm with the ulnar bone of the lower

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