Second 'Tommy John' Surgery Is No Win for Pitchers

March 24, 2015 6:00 PM

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TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a second elbow ligament reconstruction surgery appears to lower professional baseball pitchers' performance and shorten their careers, a new study finds.

Researchers looked at 33 major league pitchers who had surgery twice to reconstruct a torn ulnar collateral ligament in their throwing arm -- a procedure widely referred to as "Tommy John" surgery because he's the first pitcher who had the surgery.

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