Sims: Even If Tanaka Gets Through Rehab, Surgery May Be UnavoidableAs 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.
Sims: Dr. James Andrews Weighs In On Tommy John EpidemicAndrews details the risk factors that predispose adolescent pitchers to UCL wear and tear. The primary concern is simply doing too much too soon.
Yankees' Ivan Nova 'So Sad' As Tommy John Surgery Seems LikelyNova 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.
Matt Harvey 'Still Very Optimistic' After Putting Off SurgeryHarvey 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.
Sims: Breaking Down Joel Hanrahan's Torn Flexor TendonThirty-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.
Injury Breakdown: Tommy John Surgery, The Worst-Case Scenario For Joba ChamberlainOnly 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.
UConn's Lloyd Tears Off Redshirt, Will Start Against UMConnecticut'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.
Injury Breakdown: Strasburg's Predictable TearStephen Strasburg’s unorthodox delivery coupled with the extraordinary pace of his pitches is thought by many to have made his elbow more vulnerable.