Pulled pork UCLs & noodle arms: thread of pitcher injuries

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There’s this interesting piece in The Athletic regarding pitcher injuries.

This leaped out:

Meister said an analyst with one club told him the average major-league career is now under three years for all players and just under 2.7 for pitchers.

“It’s like NFL running-back numbers,” Meister said. “Cynically from the ownership side of things, they’re never going to have to pay big bucks to any of these players. Forget about them becoming free agents. They’re never even going to become arb-eligible.”

Meister said for a time, he believed the league was comfortable with a “next man up” mentality. That disturbed him; only so many arms, he said, are capable of throwing at the major-league level. But lately, he is encouraged by the league’s effort to find solutions.

I remember reading in Barry Zito’s autobiography, Curveball, that he started throwing curveballs early and he was the only kid his age who did so. This NYT article mentions that the screwball pitch disappeared from pitching mixes in large part because of the belief, real or not, that it destroys pitcher health. Now this article leans on the sweeper, despite the fact that the sweeper has been described as, variously, a variation on a curveball and a frisbee slider - in other words, it’s not new.

The focus on velocity seems to be far more to blame - guys could probably get away with throwing a load of breaking pitches if they weren’t going all out to deliver them. It’s just simple physics.

Tom Verducci mentions this as a by-the-by piece in a story from 2008. I have no idea how true this remains, but the “You’ll never see a pitcher throw 110” as far as I can tell remains true. There are guys like Jhoan Duran who throw up to 102, but he’s a reliever and only needs to throw a fraction of a starter’s pitchers.

Throwing a baseball is an act of violence that has been graphically defined by Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Glenn Fleisig and the other doctors and clinicians at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham. From the loaded position, the shoulder, at its peak speed, rotates forward at 7,000 degrees per second. "That," Fleisig says, "is the fastest measured human motion of any human activity."

While in the loaded position, the shoulder and elbow bear the equivalent of about 40 pounds of force pushing down. When the ASMI biomechanists wanted to know how much more force an arm could take, they brought cadavers into the lab and pulled and pushed upon the elbow joint to find the breaking point. The cadavers's ligaments blew apart just after 40 pounds of force. "So a pitcher is just about at the maximum," Fleisig says.

From the loaded position, when the ball has come to a stop, it is accelerated from zero mph to 90 mph in 3/10 of a second. Rick Peterson, the former New York Mets pitching coach who has worked with ASMI since 1993 and is the acknowledged expert on pitching biomechanics among his peers, once referred to that measurement in a speech he gave to college coaches. A doctor of physics who was in the audience approached him after the talk.

"Rick, do you know what that means in g-forces?" the doctor asked.

"I have no idea."

"If your entire body was accelerated at that rate of speed for over 60 seconds you would die."

No wonder pitchers break down. Pitching, unlike most athletic activities, has reached the limit of what is humanly possible. So while we are accustomed to increasingly swifter sprinters, faster swimmers, longer drivers of the golf ball and bigger football players, you will not see a pitcher throwing 110 mph. The arm and shoulder are maxed out. Pushed any further, the shoulder would blow, like an engine in a race car.

"People run faster and jump farther because we have figured out ways to make your muscles bigger and stronger," Fleisig says. "The baseball pitcher, every time he pitches, his muscles are pushing his ligaments and tendons to the limit. In the future, I can't anticipate making the muscles bigger and stronger because you can't strengthen the ligaments and tendons that much. That's why the role of research in baseball is not to get the pitcher to throw faster but to lower the risk of injury."

Anyway, I thought the piece was interesting. Clearly something (not just UCLs) has to give. But what?

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Friday, 8 March 2024 20:19 (four months ago) link

mlb should pre-tack the baseballs like they do in the NPB

, Friday, 8 March 2024 21:02 (four months ago) link

i wonder how fast a chimpanzee could throw a baseball

mookieproof, Saturday, 9 March 2024 03:44 (four months ago) link


mookieproof, Monday, 11 March 2024 16:31 (four months ago) link

I saw that, do not wish that on Cole. Some reports seem to indicate that it sounds like a dead arm, but apparently they’re getting multiple opinions, and I feel like you don’t get an MRI for no reason? He’s probably not going to be Opening Day ready even if he doesn’t need surgery.

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Monday, 11 March 2024 16:50 (four months ago) link

Why can’t his awful former college teammate get injured?

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Monday, 11 March 2024 16:50 (four months ago) link

Cole's the best pitcher in the game and about 80% into a HOF career, so I very much hope he's okay.

clemenza, Monday, 11 March 2024 16:53 (four months ago) link

I don’t think he’s ever had Tommy John before so if he needs it at least he’s probably only going to need one before retirement

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Monday, 11 March 2024 16:56 (four months ago) link

cole shut down

, Wednesday, 13 March 2024 19:28 (four months ago) link

Feel that the in person visit to the arm doctor ElAttrache does not bode well…Like are they going to literally open him up to get a look at it?

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Wednesday, 13 March 2024 19:44 (four months ago) link

That's lousy how much time deGrom and Scherzer and Kershaw and Verlander and now Cole have lost the last few years (you can throw in Sale, too). It cost Sale a HOF career and will probably cost deGrom one; Cole should come through okay, but who knows. Just in general, though, it's bad for the game.

clemenza, Thursday, 14 March 2024 03:58 (four months ago) link

Cole's situation sounds bad.

Maybe this is a silly question, but should we be surprised that these injuries develop in spring training? During the season, they pitch at maximum effort every five days and it's reasonable that accumulated wear and tear will lead to injuries. But during spring training, when pitchers are still ramping up to maximum effort? Or is it more likely because of something from his offseason training regimen?

Or is "ramping up to maximum effort" just as risky as pitching at maximum effort?

NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 14 March 2024 08:37 (four months ago) link

Cole throws fast and has never been injured. It’s unfortunate but I doubt it’s remotely related to spring training, ligaments only have so much in them

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Thursday, 14 March 2024 08:45 (four months ago) link

Sources: Eury Perez is slated to visit noted surgeon Keith Meister in Texas in coming days https://t.co/NDTFVjJfUY

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 16, 2024

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Saturday, 16 March 2024 20:36 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Come on

Shane Bieber needs elbow surgery.

He had pain after his Opening Day start that continued through his outing in Seattle. Imaging revealed an injury to the same ligament that gave him trouble last year. Surgery was determined to be the best path forward this time.

— Mandy Bell (@MandyBell02) April 6, 2024

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Saturday, 6 April 2024 15:12 (three months ago) link

Plus now we're waiting on news about Strider 😔

omar little, Saturday, 6 April 2024 15:25 (three months ago) link

This is incredibly depressing

Shane Bieber - Tommy John
Eury Pérez - TJ
Felix Bautista - TJ
Lucas Giolito - TJ
Shane McClanahan - TJ
Jacob deGrom - TJ
Sandy Alcantara - TJ
Walker Buehler - returning from TJ
Robbie Ray - returning from TJ
Dustin May - returning from TJ
Gerrit Cole - elbow inflammation

— nugget chef (@jayhaykid) April 6, 2024

Strider has UCL damage, the Braves just announced.

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Saturday, 6 April 2024 20:43 (three months ago) link

Oops sorry gyac for some reason I didn't see your comment below

omar little, Saturday, 6 April 2024 21:22 (three months ago) link

Real bummer, just absolutely nightmarish casualty count among SPs this season.

omar little, Saturday, 6 April 2024 21:23 (three months ago) link

It’s ok! Yeah it’s really terrible, you have to wonder when it’s too much for Manfred, especially with arms as valuable as they are

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Saturday, 6 April 2024 21:32 (three months ago) link

I also wonder if the brace procedure will take over from Tommy John in future

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Saturday, 6 April 2024 21:33 (three months ago) link

guess i'm thankful senga is out with shoulder fatigue and not elbow fatigue?

, Sunday, 7 April 2024 11:58 (three months ago) link

MLBPA released a statement. pic.twitter.com/BtI7T4nRmp

— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) April 6, 2024

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Sunday, 7 April 2024 11:59 (three months ago) link

lol - yeah it’s totally the pitch clock’s fault this is happening.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Sunday, 7 April 2024 14:35 (three months ago) link

guess i'm thankful senga is out with shoulder fatigue and not elbow fatigue?

nooo. TJ is rough but has a pretty good recovery rate; shoulder stuff is more complex with no easy fix. it was strasburg’s shoulder that really did him in

mookieproof, Sunday, 7 April 2024 15:22 (three months ago) link

shoulder stuff is more complex with no easy fix


, Monday, 8 April 2024 00:16 (three months ago) link

twice-TJ'd tejay antone left the mets-reds game after throwing one pitch, clutching his elbow. not good!

, Monday, 8 April 2024 00:16 (three months ago) link

framber valdez scratched from tonight’s start with elbow soreness

mookieproof, Monday, 8 April 2024 22:58 (three months ago) link


Good read. 80% of injuries in the bigs are pitches. 36% of pitchers pitching last year had had Tommy John's surgery

H.P, Monday, 8 April 2024 23:15 (three months ago) link

pivetta and josiah gray, too? fuck, man. i hate this.

j.q higgins, Tuesday, 9 April 2024 19:55 (three months ago) link

Breslow said that the Pivetta injury is probably not going to keep him out much longer than the 15 days and the UCL is intact, so hopefully that’s the case but yeah, it sucks.

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Tuesday, 9 April 2024 20:12 (three months ago) link

mlb should pre-tack the baseballs like they do in the NPB

― 龜, Friday, March 8, 2024 4:02 PM (one month ago)

what do pitcher injury rates look like in the NPB?

, Tuesday, 9 April 2024 20:39 (three months ago) link


Conclusion: This is the first empirical study examining injury trends and pitching characteristics between MLB and NPB athletes.
MLB-affiliated pitchers threw faster and relied more on breaking pitches in comparison with NPB-affiliated pitchers. From injury
data, MLB players were younger, taller, and heavier with a higher percentage of throwing-related injuries, contact injuries, and
injuries sustained outside of competition. Overall, the MLB team indicated a 3.7-fold higher rate of reported injuries with fewer days
missed per injury than did the NPB team. Competitive conditions are distinctly different between MLB and NPB, and thus, more
extensive research collaborations in the future can identify best practices to advance health and performance for both leagues.

, Tuesday, 9 April 2024 20:39 (three months ago) link

Overall, the MLB team indicated a 3.7-fold higher rate of reported injuries with fewer days missed per injury than did the NPB team.

3.7-fold higher rate of reported injuries! ...............is that good

, Tuesday, 9 April 2024 20:40 (three months ago) link

Tyler Glasnow said that using a mixture of sunscreen and rosin on the baseball helped him grip it better and other pitchers have said similarly.

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Tuesday, 9 April 2024 20:43 (three months ago) link

Glasnow also attributed some blame for injuries to the rule changes for sticky stuff. He said when it was implemented, he had to start gripping the ball tighter which led to an arm feeling far worse after a start.

H.P, Wednesday, 10 April 2024 00:06 (three months ago) link

Hey Siri, please run some MRIs on David Bednar, George Kirby & Max Fried.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 10 April 2024 03:05 (three months ago) link

(siri-ously tho when I get a chance in a couple hours I really want to look at the savant data on these guys)

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 10 April 2024 03:07 (three months ago) link

Kirby’s problem is mental, I think. Whole team is imploding rn. He’s not good at getting out of jams. Like if you look at the most recent result, he’s fine up until he balks in the 3rd inning and it all goes to shit from there.

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Wednesday, 10 April 2024 05:42 (three months ago) link

Bednar's velo's there, location is way off (only 4 of 23 pitches in the strikezone despite 8 swings), maybe no pulled pork tacos just yet.

Fried is one of 2 of the top 10 (Burnes as well) pitchers from 2021-2023 who is currently not shut down (back/shoulder) or in TJ Recovery. That's kind of wild to think about. His Savant page is v sad... a sea of blue except for GB% and low exit velo. His velo is also not terrible compared to rating. Is he getting BABIP'd? Will put in an order for a small plate of pulled pork tacos.

Kirby's 4SFB started off at 98mph but was gassed out at 92 towards the end when he got the hook. Only 4 swinging strikes on the night so his movement was not happening at all. This might be a full catering order of pulled pork here.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 10 April 2024 06:06 (three months ago) link

(for gyac: i ate 10 tacos next to jeff weaver last night )

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 10 April 2024 06:06 (three months ago) link

RHP Spencer Strider yesterday underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow with internal brace, performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, TX. He will miss the remainder of the 2024 season.

— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 13, 2024

xp I only saw his savant page now, it’s not really telling us much after only three starts but he’s using his slider more and it’s getting knocked around:


The fastball velo is down but not by much.

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Saturday, 13 April 2024 14:14 (three months ago) link

See you at the 2025 ASB sweet prince.

Now I have to consider dropping him in our Fantasy League because he'll be a huge question mark for next season and beyond.

I am a bit of a height-ist w/r/t pitchers & mechanics and I always assume shorter pitchers are doomed due to human physiology.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 13 April 2024 15:41 (three months ago) link

keith meister? was neal el attrache on vacation?

mookieproof, Saturday, 13 April 2024 18:44 (three months ago) link

xp bummer. I knew as soon as he started getting those DeGrom comparisons something like this was inevitable

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 13 April 2024 18:49 (three months ago) link


Trevor Story today underwent a successful arthroscopic repair of the posterior labrum, with an open reduction and internal fixation of the fracture of the glenoid rim.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, CA.

— Red Sox (@RedSox) April 13, 2024

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Saturday, 13 April 2024 18:54 (three months ago) link

Happy 50th!


citation needed (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 13 April 2024 18:57 (three months ago) link

who are the success stories for this UCL brace surgery vs regular ol' tommy john?

, Saturday, 13 April 2024 23:49 (three months ago) link

It’s too new to know I think but Ohtani and DeGrom have both had it. Supposedly it’s likely going to replace full Tommy John in the future. Bryce Harper had it.

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Sunday, 14 April 2024 00:02 (three months ago) link

i guess since strider and ohtani already had TJ once and given the stats around twice-TJ its not like they have much choice

, Sunday, 14 April 2024 00:24 (three months ago) link

Bobby Miller, LAD's SP3, just hit the IL-15 for shoulder inflammation retroactive to 4/11, not sure if it's legit or just a way to manage his workload.

I had forecasted some workload issues (~23 starts?) this season based on his IP history:

2021: 56 IP
2022: 112 IP
2023: 138 IP

...but this is coming a little faster than expected. LAD are no strangers to IL shenanigans but I sincerely hope Miller is okay.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 14 April 2024 06:12 (three months ago) link

Robert Stephenson (who was supposed to be LAA's closer) had his first AAA rehab assignment today coming back from shoulder inflammation that shut him down in February:

He threw 4 straight balls, then walked off the field straight into the locker room.

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 14 April 2024 06:37 (three months ago) link

...but this is coming a little faster than expected. LAD are no strangers to IL shenanigans but I sincerely hope Miller is okay.

Agreed but I doubt it’s a phantom stint this early in the season. Hopefully they’re just being overly cautious to avoid doing further damage with him & he comes off the IL healthy.

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Sunday, 14 April 2024 07:55 (three months ago) link

Bednar is b0rked

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 17 April 2024 21:05 (two months ago) link

Yeah the circumstances suggest this ain't a phantom stint :(((((( reports say nothing structurally woresome came up tho and he should be throwing next week. Emmett Sheehan recently had a set back in his recovery too, but Buehler should be back soon!

H.P, Thursday, 18 April 2024 00:15 (two months ago) link

stephenson is done for the year, of course

mookieproof, Friday, 19 April 2024 00:24 (two months ago) link

TIL Triston McKenzie opted NOT to have TJ last season (I presumed he did) in spite of having a torn UCL and missing 1.5 seasons doing "rehab"... uh...

His 4SFB is down 90mph vs. rated 92mph, currently 5.00 ERA/1.61 WHIP.


citation needed (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 21 April 2024 14:40 (two months ago) link

saw that spencer strider had a bone fragment that was 'growing' in his UCL. not sure if that means he has the nolan ryan self-repairing ACL super-gene

, Sunday, 21 April 2024 15:00 (two months ago) link

Omg speak it into existence!

H.P, Sunday, 21 April 2024 15:02 (two months ago) link

LAD have won 6 straight, let's check in on their pitching status report after 1 month:

James Paxton: was supposed to start today on normal rest but now is not...?
Tyler Glasnow: (DTD, hand cramps, pulled from last start)
Yoshinobu Yamamoto: healthy (!)
Bobby Miller: IL15 (shut down, will start playing catch on Mon/Tue)
Emmet Sheehan: IL60 (shut down due to self-professed arm soreness, but team claims it's his shoulder which even Emmet is confused by official team diagnosis)
Walker Buehler: IL15 (0-2/4.68 ERA/1.68 WHIP in rehab, remaining in AAA for now)
Clayton Kershaw: IL60 (played catch yesterday on flat ground)
Shohei Ohtani: IL60 (rumored to be available in September?)
Dustin May: IL60 (in TJ recovery, may be back in 2024?)
Tony Gonsolin: IL60 (had TJ in February after non-invasive attempts to recover from UCL sprain in offseason, may be available after 2025 ASB)
Brusdal Graterol: IL60 (shut down due to slower than expected recovery)
Blake Treinen: IL15 (27.00 ERA/3.75 WHIP in 2 rehab appearances)
Kyle Hurt: IL15 (pains me to say but Kyle is... Hurt)
Connor Brogdon: IL15 (recent trade acquisition from PHI, went straight to IL)
River Ryan: IL60 (shut down)

citation needed (Steve Shasta), Sunday, 28 April 2024 09:06 (two months ago) link

Nooooooooo Steveeeeeeeeee, I don't need this information collated :(((((((

You forgot Gavin Stone, who was a stone cold stunner last start (don't look up the opponent)

H.P, Sunday, 28 April 2024 09:21 (two months ago) link

There haven't been any noted injury worries with Paxton either yet. Just a mutually agreement between him and the FO to pitch with an extra day's rest (same as Yamamoto iirc)

H.P, Sunday, 28 April 2024 09:27 (two months ago) link

I don’t know if I’d include Glasnow in the list, it was just a hand cramp and he was pulled after over 90 pitches. I was watching that game and he looked fine when he came out.

Both Glasnow & Giolito were recently on Chris Rose Rotation and said pitcher injuries were (no shit) due to guys throwing harder and faster and not resting over the offseason. Glasnow got very frank with it: he said that kids coming up pitching today know that they won’t get drafted throwing control stuff with no velo and from the perspective of someone who wanted to be in the big leagues, he saw surgery and pain as a necessary price to achieve the dream, and said all pitchers felt the same. Giolito agreed on his episode, though not so candidly.

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Sunday, 28 April 2024 12:14 (two months ago) link

Buehler about to throw his first start in nearly 2 years

H.P, Tuesday, 7 May 2024 01:54 (two months ago) link

Not terrible nor great. Fastball looked good, breaking stuff not as much. No walks a good sign. If he can continue working on painting that fastball like no one else as was his previous M.O. then he'll be looking good

H.P, Tuesday, 7 May 2024 04:03 (two months ago) link

I really like buehler, not just as a fan. I hope he can make something good out of this season. He's definitely unlikely to be back with the dodgers next season but I hope he can find a way to get a contract and build a lengthy career after these injuries

H.P, Tuesday, 7 May 2024 04:05 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

nooo. TJ is rough but has a pretty good recovery rate; shoulder stuff is more complex with no easy fix. it was strasburg’s shoulder that really did him in

― mookieproof, Sunday, April 7, 2024 11:22 AM (one month ago)

mookie i am sadly remembering your wisdom re: senga

, Saturday, 25 May 2024 01:23 (one month ago) link

Tampa starter Jeffrey Springs, in recovery from Tommy John surgery performed on 4/24/23, made his first rehab start today.

He gave up a lead-off single to Cam McGee (.548 OPS in single A) and promptly removed himself from the game visibly wincing.


Mrs. Ippei (Steve Shasta), Saturday, 25 May 2024 21:50 (one month ago) link

Kodai Senga was out on the field holding his shoulder ahead of Mets-Giants pic.twitter.com/BzSpAgPS7x

— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) May 26, 2024

, Tuesday, 28 May 2024 11:05 (one month ago) link

This year is wild.

Mrs. Ippei (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 28 May 2024 16:23 (one month ago) link

edwin diaz to the IL with shoulder impingement

, Wednesday, 29 May 2024 20:22 (one month ago) link

John Means getting UCL surgery, out for the season after missing most of the last two seasons as well. Tyler Wells also out for the season for the same reason.

JoeStork, Friday, 31 May 2024 22:15 (one month ago) link

Joe Musgrove has elbow inflammation, Yu Darvish also injured (not his arm though)

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Saturday, 1 June 2024 22:46 (one month ago) link

San Francisco Giants starter Blake Snell left Sunday's game against the New York Yankees with tightness in his left groin in the fifth inning.

Snell was in the middle of an at-bat before walking off with Giants trainer Dave Groeschner and heading directly into the clubhouse. The veteran's last pitch came in at 97 mph before he pushed off the mound in discomfort.

omar little, Sunday, 2 June 2024 23:04 (one month ago) link

What a year.

Mrs. Ippei (Steve Shasta), Monday, 3 June 2024 02:51 (one month ago) link

BREAKING: Astros starter Jose Urquidy, recently pulled off his rehab start, will soon see Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas and could be headed for a second Tommy John surgery, sources tell me and @JeffPassan.

— Alden González (@Alden_Gonzalez) June 3, 2024

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Monday, 3 June 2024 20:23 (one month ago) link


Michael F Gill, Wednesday, 5 June 2024 02:30 (one month ago) link

christian javier is also having elbow surgery

na (NA), Wednesday, 5 June 2024 17:05 (one month ago) link

Kodai Senga (shoulder, triceps) will not return in the first half of the season, Mets manager Carlos Mendoza indicated today.

That had seemed like a foregone conclusion for a while. The Mets are hopeful Senga can return to throwing bullpen sessions next week.

— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) June 8, 2024

is there another braised protein we can use for shoulders?

, Saturday, 8 June 2024 23:08 (one month ago) link

Posted on the Jays thread yesterday: Manoah is out for the season.

clemenza, Saturday, 8 June 2024 23:10 (one month ago) link

Manoah is a rub some dirt on it guy and im sure he’s had no ligaments in his arm for the last year and a half but has been to aaron rodgers’ doctor

#Dodgers RHP Yoshinobu Yamamoto is placed on 15-day IL. Will undergo further testing. Michael Grove also on IL with lay tightness.

— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) June 16, 2024

Yamamoto, had his start pushed back, tricep injuries are ??? to me but you imagine they’re not taking any chances.

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Sunday, 16 June 2024 18:43 (four weeks ago) link

In the past 16 days, three Orioles pitchers have undergone elbow surgery to repair or reconstruct their UCLs.

June 3 -- John Means, Tommy John reconstruction
June 17 -- Tyler Wells, UCL repair + internal brace
June 19 -- Kyle Bradish, Tommy John + internal brace

— Jacob Calvin Meyer (@jcalvinmeyer) June 19, 2024

j.q higgins, Wednesday, 19 June 2024 22:17 (three weeks ago) link

Patrick Sandoval (LAA) is getting Tommy John

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Monday, 24 June 2024 22:56 (two weeks ago) link

drew smith likely for second UCL surgery

, Saturday, 29 June 2024 00:16 (two weeks ago) link

No players have come to rely on surgery as much as pitchers. In the past twenty years, the average major-league fastball has become five miles an hour faster. For the U.C.L., speed destroys. ElAttrache has operated on elbows whose tissue resembled spaghetti.

ElAttrache made an incision in Patiño’s elbow. He removed a calcified piece of bone that had embedded in the ligament. The tissue wasn’t shredded beyond salvaging—a beleaguered rigatoni, maybe, but not spaghetti.

mmm... pulled pork spaghetti rigatoni

, Friday, 5 July 2024 13:37 (one week ago) link

Tyler Glasnow has a back injury

Roman Anthony gets on his horse (gyac), Tuesday, 9 July 2024 23:01 (five days ago) link


Mrs. Ippei (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 10 July 2024 23:55 (four days ago) link

Technically a pitcher injury: don't snub the Cub


felicity, Thursday, 11 July 2024 00:06 (three days ago) link

God what an IL

H.P, Thursday, 11 July 2024 00:22 (three days ago) link

On the bright side, rookies Stone and Knack have been great so far, and Paxton has been serviceable enough, running a league average ERA yet hoisting a 7-2 record. Now what to do with the other two starting spots.........

H.P, Thursday, 11 July 2024 00:28 (three days ago) link

“My intention wasn’t to break my hand,” Brewer told reporters Sunday

ahhhhhh, glad he cleared that up

pulled pork UCLs, noodle arms and popcorn knuckles

Ippei's on a bummer now (WmC), Thursday, 11 July 2024 00:44 (three days ago) link

You've heard of the Remlinger Chair? Here is the Brewer Wall.

felicity, Thursday, 11 July 2024 00:54 (three days ago) link

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