Million Dollar Question – What Is With The Amazing Number Of Tommy John Surgeries This Season?
Is it just me or is the term ‘Tommy John Surgery’ becoming more and more commonplace and less and less ‘unusual’ than it was 5-10 seasons ago.
It seems like every 3-4 days my MLB app on my phone tells me that another pitcher is opting for Tommy John Surgery and is out for a year.
This year specifically, the number seems to be soaring. I believe that the last count I had was 13 pitchers since Spring Training have had the surgery – and we are just in the middle of the month or April. Not August, APRIL!!
And it seems to be effecting both young and older players, and not just starting pitchers either… Names like Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Patrick Corbin, Jarrod Parker, Matt Moore, and phenom Jameson Taillon have all gone under the knife recently.
Some other notable pitchers that have been sidelined for the same surgery include Brian Wilson, Steven Strasburg, Adam Wainwright, and John Smoltz.
So, what is the reason for all of these major operations? Poor technique? Poor conditioning? Not warming up the arm properly? Not enough rest between activity?
I am very eager to hear what you think. Personally, I think it has more to do with technique than anything else. Very few pitchers use their legs the way that they should, so more emphasis and strain is put on the arm to bring force to the hitters. If there was more attention paid to technique at an earlier age where using the mound and your legs and core was part of the training, I think we would see less and less of these problems.
What do you think?