Selig waits for experts' advice on Tommy John surgeries

Selig waits for experts' advice on Tommy John surgeries
July 22, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Jarrod Parker had successful Tommy John surgery on March 25, one month before A.J. Griffin. (AP)

PITTSBURGH -- Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is "anxious" to look at the recommendations of a team of top orthopedists who are studying the uptick in elbow injuries among pitchers.

A handful of experts, including Dr. James Andrews and New York Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, are putting together a report to help baseball address the rash of reconstructive Tommy John surgeries.

[Related: A.J. Griffin to undergo Tommy John surgery]

Selig says the report isn't quite finished. He called the trend "puzzling" and said there was a time earlier in the season when he was afraid to pick up a newspaper out of fear of more bad news.

[Related: A’s Opening Day starter Jarrod Parker needs a second Tommy John surgery]

Over two dozen major league pitchers have been sidelined with elbow injuries this season, including rising stars Jose Fernandez and Kris Medlen. Selig called the issue a "grave concern" to the game.


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