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April 4, 2005 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tommy John had nothing to lose in 1974, when he took a chance on surgeon Frank Jobe to repair his injured left elbow and resuscitate his career. Phillies pitcher Jon Lieber is happy John took that risk. Because what has become known simply as Tommy John surgery over the years not only saved John's career, but also countless others', including Lieber's. The Phillies expect the 35-year-old Lieber - and his renovated right elbow - to lead their starting rotation. That rotation could be the key to their success after back-to-back disappointing seasons.
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September 30, 2011 | Phillies All-Traded Lineup BY BILL CONLIN, BY1] bill1chair@home.com bill1chair@home.com
The best trades are the ones that help both teams. Here are the recent Phils' Traded Away All-Stars by position (asterisk denotes potential future All-Star): STARTERS: 1B:: Jonathan Singleton 3B:: Jason Donald SS:: Jonathan Villar 2B:: Adrian Cardenas LF:: Domingo Santana* CF:: Anthony Gose* RF:: Michael Taylor C:: Travis d'Arnaud* SP:: RHP Jarred Cosart SP:: LHP J.A. Happ Closer:: Josh Zeid BENCH: IF/OF:: Matt Spencer C:: Lou Marson OF:: Greg Golson DAMAGED GOODS: RHP:: Carlos Carrasco (Tommy John)
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July 15, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Not surprisingly, Jairo Munoz was scared to death. It was late April, and he felt that telltale twinge of pain in his right elbow after throwing a pitch. Then his arm went dead, and his fastball did, too, and the dismal possibilities scrolled through his mind: that he might have torn a ligament or a tendon, that he might need Tommy John surgery, that his pro baseball career might be finished, that he might have to return to the Dominican Republic and to a life with little hope. And all of this happened just four weeks after a lightning bolt struck the house in which he used to live - the bedroom in which he used to sleep - and burned it to the ground.
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March 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On the big-boy field, Ken Giles was struggling to find his All-Star form against the team that drafted him, developed him and turned him into the coveted trade chip that returned a slew of Houston prospects in December. Far beyond the leftfield wall, one of the men brought in to replace him, Andrew Bailey, was quietly getting in some rain-delayed work at the minor league complex. For Giles, it was one inning, three hits, two runs allowed, a couple of strikeouts - and no worries.
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March 16, 2013
Down by four runs late Friday vs. Puerto Rico, the United States rallied for a run in the bottom of the seventh and two more in the eighth before losing, 4-3, at Marlins Park in Miami. Puerto Rico advances to Sunday's semifinals in San Francisco while the U.S. team was eliminated. Former Phillies pitcher J.C. Romero blanked Team USA over 11/3 innings for the save.   Lee turns down Yankees   Derrek Lee has told the Yankees: No thanks, I'd rather stay retired.
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July 1, 2015
Once again Phillies righthander Chad Billingsley is returning to the big leagues. Billingsley will start Thursday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. He missed most of the previous two seasons after Tommy John surgery and additional elbow surgery. Billingsley began this season with triple-A Lehigh Valley. After he made three starts with the Phillies and posted a 6.75 ERA, he returned to the DL May 17 with a right shoulder strain. "I've just got to get back out there again, getting my rhythm, getting a routine and constantly getting back out there," Billingsley said.
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February 27, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. Andrew Bailey had no plans to play professional baseball when he left South Jersey in 2002. He said he was an average pitcher at Paul VI High School who "didn't really do anything too special. " Bailey, from Haddon Heights, attended Wagner College simply to extend his baseball life a few more seasons, experience New York City, and earn a degree. The small school in Staten Island is not exactly a baseball powerhouse. But Bailey managed to defy the odds. He left college with a blazing fastball and a professional contract.
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April 10, 2015
Two days after the Phillies mustered only three hits in an opening-day shutout, manager Ryne Sandberg added two righthanded bats to his lineup. Darin Ruf, whom fans have long clamored to see get more at-bats, made his season debut in left field Wednesday while Jeff Francoeur played opposite him in right. Ruf batted fifth, serving as the righthanded bat behind Ryan Howard, while Carlos Ruiz, typically the Phillies' five-hole hitter, moved to the two-hole. A minor injury to opening-day centerfielder Odubel Herrera shifted Ben Revere from left field back to the position he manned for the Phillies the previous two seasons.
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September 19, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Nola has never had Tommy John surgery. The Phillies righthander has not faced a significant injury. But an article about the elbow surgery's namesake reminded interim general manager Scott Proefrock about Nola. Proefrock said he spent a few days trying to figure out the best plan of action for the remainder of Nola's rookie season. Ruben Amaro Jr. said before his ouster that Nola would be shelved after reaching 185 innings, which would cause the Phillies to end Nola's season early.
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January 19, 2012 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The all-time leader in home runs allowed plans to pitch for Colorado. Veteran lefthander Jamie Moyer agreed Wednesday to terms of a minor-league contract with an invitation to the Rockies' spring training, pending a physical. The 49-year-old former Phillie didn't play last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. Moyer has played 24 major-league seasons, starting with the Chicago Cubs in 1986. He went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA for the Phillies in 2010.
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July 15, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Not surprisingly, Jairo Munoz was scared to death. It was late April, and he felt that telltale twinge of pain in his right elbow after throwing a pitch. Then his arm went dead, and his fastball did, too, and the dismal possibilities scrolled through his mind: that he might have torn a ligament or a tendon, that he might need Tommy John surgery, that his pro baseball career might be finished, that he might have to return to the Dominican Republic and to a life with little hope. And all of this happened just four weeks after a lightning bolt struck the house in which he used to live - the bedroom in which he used to sleep - and burned it to the ground.
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March 22, 2016 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
CLEARWATER, Fla. - On the big-boy field, Ken Giles was struggling to find his All-Star form against the team that drafted him, developed him and turned him into the coveted trade chip that returned a slew of Houston prospects in December. Far beyond the leftfield wall, one of the men brought in to replace him, Andrew Bailey, was quietly getting in some rain-delayed work at the minor league complex. For Giles, it was one inning, three hits, two runs allowed, a couple of strikeouts - and no worries.
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March 2, 2016
For the first time this spring, the St. Louis Cardinals got to watch what they hope will be their opening day battery work together. Yadier Molina caught his first bullpen session in camp Monday, another step in his comeback from thumb surgery. Ace Adam Wainwright was on the mound. "You want a guy who throws it where he wants to," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. An eight time all-star, Molina is still recovering from his second offseason surgery on his left thumb. He was injured late last season making a tag at the plate.
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February 27, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. Andrew Bailey had no plans to play professional baseball when he left South Jersey in 2002. He said he was an average pitcher at Paul VI High School who "didn't really do anything too special. " Bailey, from Haddon Heights, attended Wagner College simply to extend his baseball life a few more seasons, experience New York City, and earn a degree. The small school in Staten Island is not exactly a baseball powerhouse. But Bailey managed to defy the odds. He left college with a blazing fastball and a professional contract.
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October 6, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jesse Biddle, the Phillies' former first-round draft pick from Germantown Friends School, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, interim general manager Scott Proefrock said Sunday. Team physician Michael Ciccotti will perform the operation on Oct. 14 in Philadelphia. The typical recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months. Biddle recently went for a second opinion, which confirmed Ciccotti's diagnosis. The 23-year-old lefthander finished his season with triple-A Lehigh Valley on the disabled list with a shoulder strain.
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September 19, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aaron Nola has never had Tommy John surgery. The Phillies righthander has not faced a significant injury. But an article about the elbow surgery's namesake reminded interim general manager Scott Proefrock about Nola. Proefrock said he spent a few days trying to figure out the best plan of action for the remainder of Nola's rookie season. Ruben Amaro Jr. said before his ouster that Nola would be shelved after reaching 185 innings, which would cause the Phillies to end Nola's season early.
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July 1, 2015
Once again Phillies righthander Chad Billingsley is returning to the big leagues. Billingsley will start Thursday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers. He missed most of the previous two seasons after Tommy John surgery and additional elbow surgery. Billingsley began this season with triple-A Lehigh Valley. After he made three starts with the Phillies and posted a 6.75 ERA, he returned to the DL May 17 with a right shoulder strain. "I've just got to get back out there again, getting my rhythm, getting a routine and constantly getting back out there," Billingsley said.
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May 6, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ATLANTA - For three months last summer, Chad Billingsley wasn't much help in the bringing-in-the-groceries-from-the-car department. If he and his wife decided to go on vacation for a weekend, he was going to be hitting up the bellhop for help with the luggage. Handling the TV remote was about his limit. Billingsley underwent surgery on his right flexor tendon (elbow) just over 10 months ago. Two years ago, he had Tommy John surgery. Tonight, he'll take the mound at Turner Field and pitch in his first major league game in more than two years.
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April 29, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
ST. LOUIS - Outside the home dugout at Busch Stadium yesterday afternoon, minutes before the Cardinals took batting practice, a herd of reporters gathered. General manager John Mozeliak announced that longtime ace Adam Wainwright had a complete tear of his left Achilles' and would miss the remainder of the season. Across the way, inside the visiting clubhouse, Ryan Howard felt for his fellow competitor. "You never want to see anyone go down with injury, especially one like that," Howard said.
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April 10, 2015
Two days after the Phillies mustered only three hits in an opening-day shutout, manager Ryne Sandberg added two righthanded bats to his lineup. Darin Ruf, whom fans have long clamored to see get more at-bats, made his season debut in left field Wednesday while Jeff Francoeur played opposite him in right. Ruf batted fifth, serving as the righthanded bat behind Ryan Howard, while Carlos Ruiz, typically the Phillies' five-hole hitter, moved to the two-hole. A minor injury to opening-day centerfielder Odubel Herrera shifted Ben Revere from left field back to the position he manned for the Phillies the previous two seasons.
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