Pitcher Matt Harvey Returns to Mets after Undergoing Tommy John Surgery

PIX11 News—April 14, 2015

PIX11 News reporter Joe Mauceri speaks on Matt Harvey's return to the mound after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Having Tommy John surgery to reconstruct a torn ulnar collateral ligament is becoming more and more common for Major League Pitchers.

"Baseball pitchers in particular, when they accelerate their arm, put a lot of stress on this very small ligament on the inside of their arm and that ligament unfortunately can tear," said Dr. David Altchek, attending surgeon for sports medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Altchek says the increase in the number of Tommy John surgeries is undeniable and Major League Baseball agrees. In 2014 a near record 31 major leaguers underwent Tommy John surgery and, according to a recent study, 1 in 4 major league pitchers get the surgery at some point during their career.

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