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Does Tommy John Surgery Affect Pitcher Longevity?

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Ligament reconstruction, shoulder injuries, elbows, back. Which of these or do ANY of these shorten a Major League Baseball pitcher’s career? The answers may be surprising. For example, despite concerns over the rate of ulnar collateral ligament reconstructions (Tommy John surgery), it had no discernible effect on retirement rates, according to a new study. But other injuries could. For the full story, read on.