Pedro Martinez on the Rise of Tommy John Surgery

HuffPost Live—August 28, 2015

A panel of experts join host Jordan Schultz to discuss the prevalence of Tommy John surgery in baseball. Guests included: Pedro Martinez, MLB Hall of Famer; Jonah Keri, ESPN's Baseball Tonight analyst; Dr. David Altchek, Orthopedic Surgeon at HSS and Blake Taylor, pitcher for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

One-fourth of active MLB players have received Tommy John surgery during their career, including 18 already this season.

"When you tear the equivalent ligament in your knee - your ACL – and try to play a sport afterwards, you actually have instability," said Dr. Altchek. "When you tear this ligament [in your arm], you don’t feel that the elbow is too loose, you just feel pain and you can't throw. That's what the Tommy John injury is."

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