UCL

Masahiro Tanaka Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Sims: Even If Tanaka Gets Through Rehab, Surgery May Be Unavoidable

As I’ve written before, even with rest, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injection and rehab, a torn ligament does not regain full tensile strength in a matter of weeks.

07/11/2014

Matt Harvey (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Sims: Dr. James Andrews Weighs In On Tommy John Epidemic

Andrews details the risk factors that predispose adolescent pitchers to UCL wear and tear. The primary concern is simply doing too much too soon.

06/04/2014

Joe Girardi takes Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova off the mound during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 19, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Yankees’ Ivan Nova ‘So Sad’ As Tommy John Surgery Seems Likely

Nova will be further examined Monday in New York by Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad. He had no discomfort in his elbow until his final pitch Saturday when he felt a pop.

04/21/2014

Matt Harvey (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Matt Harvey ‘Still Very Optimistic’ After Putting Off Surgery

Harvey will try to rehab his injured right elbow without reconstructive surgery, a move the young ace hopes is going to keep him on the mound for the Mets next season.

09/18/2013

Joel Hanrahan (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Sims: Breaking Down Joel Hanrahan’s Torn Flexor Tendon

Thirty-one-year-old closer Joel Hanrahan has had a rough start to his tenure with the Red Sox after being acquired from the Pirates in the offseason. Now we know why.

05/13/2013

Joba Chamberlain (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Injury Breakdown: Tommy John Surgery, The Worst-Case Scenario For Joba Chamberlain

Only 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.

WFAN–06/10/2011

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UConn’s Lloyd Tears Off Redshirt, Will Start Against UM

Connecticut’s coaches have scrapped plans to make linebacker Greg Lloyd Jr. take this season off, using a redshirt year to recover from the serious knee injury he went down with in November.

WFAN–09/01/2010

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Injury Breakdown: Strasburg’s Predictable Tear

Stephen Strasburg’s unorthodox delivery coupled with the extraordinary pace of his pitches is thought by many to have made his elbow more vulnerable.

WFAN–08/31/2010