May 21, 2014 |
Until four years ago, medical professionals across Major League Baseball were not speaking the same language. The league finally installed an injury surveillance system, and in 2011 Michael Ciccotti was appointed to lead an elbow study group under baseball's medical advisory committee. Ciccotti, the Phillies' head team physician and director of sports medicine at the Rothman Institute, initiated research on the ulnar collateral ligament, now the most-discussed tissue in baseball.
November 8, 2010 |
Jamie Moyer went to the Dominican Republic to prove he could still pitch. Ultimately, he may have ended his career there while throwing in a winter ball game. Moyer reportedly reinjured his left elbow in the third inning of a start Saturday for Escogido of the Dominican Winter League. The lefthander, who turns 48 next week, is a free agent and was hoping for a major-league invitation to spring training after pitching parts of five seasons in Philadelphia. Instead, according to the Associated Press, Moyer traveled to California to seek a new diagnosis from Lewis Yocum, the specialist who told Moyer he did not need Tommy John surgery after injuring the elbow in July.
July 15, 1995 |
Lefthanded reliever Norm Charlton, who was released Monday by the Phillies, yesterday signed a major-league contract for the rest of the season with the Seattle Mariners. Charlton, 32, was Seattle's closer in 1993 - with 18 saves - before suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow Aug. 7. With the Phillies this season, Charlton was 2-5 with a 7.36 ERA in 25 games. Charlton had a tryout with the Mariners yesterday and will report to the team tomorrow.
October 11, 2001 |
Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Jason Kendall will have reconstructive surgery today on his left thumb, but is expected to be ready for spring training. Following several days of tests, doctors determined yesterday that the ulnar collateral ligament in Kendall's thumb was damaged and could not be repaired by arthroscopic surgery. Although Kendall will need conventional surgery, he is expected to be able to swing a bat again in three months and should report for spring training on time in February.
March 7, 2000 |
Chicago Cubs righthander Kerry Wood passed another test yesterday when he threw curveballs for the first time since he underwent reconstructive elbow surgery last April. Wood, 22, threw to catcher Jose Molina from 55 feet in Mesa, Ariz., and was pleased with the results. "It went great," Wood said. "I had no pain. I was surprised. They were breaking pretty good, actually. " Wood, the 1998 National League rookie of the year, missed last season because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
December 2, 2010 |
Jayson Werth has taken another step toward becoming a former Phillie. As expected, Werth declined the Phillies' offer of salary arbitration before the midnight deadline Tuesday night in what was largely a procedural move. The Phillies still can negotiate with Werth and agent Scott Boras, but the move means that if Werth signs elsewhere, the Phillies will receive two high draft picks, because Werth is classified as a Type A free agent. The Phillies would get the top pick from the team that signs Werth - either a first- or second-rounder - and then a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds.
March 18, 2014
Arizona Diamondbacks lefthander Patrick Corbin has a partially torn ligament in his left elbow that may require season-ending surgery. Corbin said Sunday that he has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament and was getting a second opinion with noted surgeon James Andrews before deciding whether to try to rehab or have surgery. Corbin had been designated the team's opening day starter against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia, but left Saturday's game against Cleveland in the seventh inning with forearm stiffness.
March 30, 2014
Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $144.5 million, six-year contract that runs through 2020. The Angels announced the deal Friday night and said Trout and his family will be at a news conference Saturday in Anaheim along with owner Arte Moreno, manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto. Baseball's brightest young star, the 22-year-old Trout was a unanimous choice for AL rookie of the year in 2012. He finished second in AL MVP voting to Miguel Cabrera the past two years.
November 10, 2004 |
Clearly, sticking around the major leagues was a great career move for Roger Clemens. As dominant as ever after reversing his decision to retire, the 42-year-old Rocket easily won his record seventh Cy Young Award yesterday after taking the Houston Astros within one win of the World Series. He received 23 of 32 first-place votes and 140 points in the balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America to win the National League Cy Young for the first time after capturing six in the American League.
April 24, 1999 |
In his return to Yankee Stadium, David Wells was less than perfect. Traded to Toronto in spring training in the deal that sent Roger Clemens to New York, Wells was locked in a tie game when he walked Paul O'Neill and Bernie Williams to open the seventh inning. It wound up costing him the game as the Yankees ended the Blue Jays' eight-game winning streak, 6-4. With the score 1-1 and runners going, Chili Davis hit a double off the rightfield wall, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead.