Found December 29, 2012 on
I got the Kindle version of The Hardball Times annual for my birthday and the first thing I wanted to read was the article about Tommy John surgery. It looked at whether pitchers get back to the level they were at pre-surgery and when that is. They also looked at what the shelf life is for a pitcher who had the procedure before he needs another visit with the surgeon. It's a really good article and if the rest are anywhere near as good as that one, I'll be very pleased with the book.
I was thinking about what this meant for Scott Baker as I was reading it. For one thing, we should not expect Baker to be at his pre-surgery production level, but I doubt anyone was expecting that anyway. The first year back is more difficult and their performance just isn't as good. It's good to know that by year two the performance level is back to its pre-surgery level. There was also a velocity drop in the first year back, but it returned in the second year.
The authors, Brian Cartwr...
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"If spring training started tomorrow, I would be ready to go," he said. "I'm not ready to pitch six innings today, but I will be ready to go when the season starts. I will be ready to go Opening...
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