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August 22, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BOSTON RED SOX outfielder Carl Crawford will have season-ending surgery on his left elbow Thursday. Crawford has been playing with pain since coming off the disabled list last month and will have Tommy John surgery. "It became clear over last few days that surgery was going to happen," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Monday on a conference call. "We felt like after talking about it more this weekend with Carl, the right thing to do is to get it taken care of now. He had played through the injury and played pretty well, but it wasn't getting better.
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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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March 10, 2010 | Daily News Wire Services
Tests on Minnesota closer Joe Nathan's right throwing elbow revealed a significant tear in the ulnar collateral ligament, an injury that could require season-ending Tommy John surgery. General manager Bill Smith said the plan is to give Nathan time to let soreness and swelling subside before a final decision about surgery. In the meantime, a second opinion will be sought. The team said Nathan will try to pitch again in 2 weeks. If he can't, the four-time All-Star will have surgery.
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June 10, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain has a torn ligament in his right elbow, a startling injury that's likely to require Tommy John surgery and end his season. A test yesterday morning revealed the tear. It came a day after New York put Chamberlain on the 15-day disabled list with a stiff elbow, the latest setback for the back of the Yankees' bullpen. But Chamberlain and the Yankees said they had no idea the injury was so severe when he went for the additional checkup. Chamberlain said he was "kind of in shock" and shed a few tears at the diagnosis, and said he didn't know how or when he hurt himself.
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April 5, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Last August, on the next-to-last day of the tryouts for USA Baseball's under-18 national team in Houston, John Aiello's brief pitching stint abruptly went bad. "I threw a curveball and, basically, my elbow popped out," the Germantown Academy standout said. Tests revealed a tear to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, an injury that required Tommy John surgery. It was performed a month later by Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
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May 24, 2012 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
A visit to orthopedic surgeon James Andrews confirmed the Phillies' diagnosis of a bone chip and inflammation in Vance Worley's right elbow. Andrews immediately ruled out any serious problem with Worley's ulnar collateral ligament - which means no Tommy John surgery is needed. "Immediately after he grabbed my arm, he knew it wasn't Tommy John," said Worley, who visited the specialist in Pensacola, Fla. "Now I just have to go out and get it going. " Worley was not immediately sure of the plan for his return to the field.
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June 15, 2005 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Suddenly, everything seems out of whack. Phillies lefthander Randy Wolf could be lost for the year, which would be a blow to a team that has resurrected its season and returned to contention in the National League East. Phillies physician Michael Ciccotti has recommended that Wolf have season-ending Tommy John surgery because of a recurrent injury to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. That injury put the veteran lefthander on the disabled list twice last season.
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March 1, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When his body failed him and his mind drained last summer, Mario Hollands went exploring. The Phillies reliever left his condo on Clearwater Beach and ventured to beaches at Indian Rocks and Madeira. He crashed matinee movie showings with Florida's robust collection of retirees. He did not watch baseball. He read. "Probably 30 books," Hollands said. He read depending on his mood. He read about philosophy. He read Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers. " He read other non-fiction.
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January 19, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
DENVER - Jamie Moyer has agreed to terms on a minor league contract with an invite to the Colorado Rockies' spring training, pending a physical. The 49-year-old lefty 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. Moyer, who was 56-40 in 4 1/2 seasons with the Phillies, is 267-204 in his career with a 4.24 career ERA.
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February 5, 2010 | Daily News Staff Report
The Phillies have signed veteran righthander Oscar Villarreal and catcher John Purdom to minor league contracts. Villarreal, 28, missed the 2009 season after having Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He isn't expected to report to spring training until the end of Feburary, his agent told MLB.com. Villarreal pitched six seasons in the big leagues, with the Diamondbacks, Braves and Astros. He is 24-15 with a 3.86 earned run average. In 2008 with the Astros, he was 1-3 with a 5.02 ERA in 35 relief appearances.
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May 4, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
ST. LOUIS - The mental side of baseball, David Hernandez said, is the game's most taxing aspect. And last month the Phillies righthander was dealt a heavy challenge. Hernandez labored through spring training with a sore arm. Then he was pelted in his season debut, allowing three runs in Cincinnati without registering an out on opening day. This was the season for Hernandez to prove that Tommy John surgery two years ago did not seize his ability. The rough start allowed doubt to creep into his mind.
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March 19, 2016
Major League Baseball umpire Tim Welke is calling it a career after 33 seasons. Welke told The Associated Press that he had one knee replacement surgery in January and would have another in June. The 58-year-old Welke worked the World Series four times and was the plate umpire for last year's All-Star Game. Welke handled more than 4,200 games in the regular season, almost half of them as a crew chief. For a couple of years, that crew included his brother, Bill. Managers, players and fellow umpires often praised Welke for his even-tempered demeanor and ability to control a game without letting emotions escalate.
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March 12, 2016
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta underwent surgery for a left-thumb injury and likely will be sidelined for about 10 to 12 weeks. Manager Mike Matheny anticipated Peralta will return to the team's spring training site in Jupiter, Fla., in a few days. The surgery took place in St. Louis after Peralta got a second opinion. A's righthander Parker injures elbow again Trying to come back from a series of elbow injuries, Oakland pitcher Jarrod Parker hurt his elbow yet again on the 12th pitch of a simulated game Thursday.
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March 5, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. When the Pirates told Charlie Morton to forget everything he ever knew about pitching, it was February 2011, and the 27-year-old righthander was the worst pitcher in baseball. Jim Benedict, a pitching whisperer so revered that the Marlins this winter traded Pittsburgh a minor-league player for the rights to hire him as a vice president, saw Morton straining to be something he was not. "A guy's mechanics on the mound," Benedict told Morton, "are a manifestation of their personality.
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March 2, 2016 | By Matt Gelb, Staff Writer
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When his body failed him and his mind drained last summer, Mario Hollands went exploring. The Phillies reliever left his condo on Clearwater Beach and ventured to beaches at Indian Rocks and Madeira. He crashed matinee movie showings with Florida's robust collection of retirees. He did not watch baseball. He read. "Probably 30 books," Hollands said. He read depending on his mood. He read about philosophy. He read Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. He read other nonfiction.
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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 18, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
IN NEW YORK this month, the Mets are attempting to lock down their first division title in nine years while also trying to avoid overextending their best pitcher, Matt Harvey, who had Tommy John surgery two years ago and has an agent very cognizant of his workload. In Washington three years ago, the Nationals faced a similar situation with Stephen Strasburg. They decided to shut him down altogether and it has backfired: the Nats were bounced out of the playoffs in the first round that season, haven't won a postseason series since, and face the very real possibility of sitting out October this year, the second-to-last year that Strasburg is under team control.
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August 31, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
ALLENTOWN - The 19 red seams inked on the inside of Alec Asher's right elbow take the shape of a baseball each time he flexes the arm. Asher had the tattoo done when he was 16. It is the lasting reminder of a promising career that almost ended before it really began. Asher, who will take the mound for the Phillies in his major-league debut on Sunday, had Tommy John surgery when he was 14. The baseball seams cover a surgeon's scar that was once an ugly shade of purple. Asher's elbow burned out at a young age from overuse.
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June 26, 2015 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - It really had all the makings of the perfect showcase start for Cole Hamels and, instead, it spiraled into one of the many games that actually left the lefthander with his arms raised in the air in disbelief. After three games when everything broke right for the Phillies, Hamels took the mound and the worst team in baseball reared its ugly head behind him. It culminated in a routine ground ball to second base that began the fifth inning. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez was positioned far closer to second base than Hamels would have liked, and it resulted in a single.
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