ESPN 30 for 30 has been one of the top documentary series on TV the last couple of years. Recently, they did a short 10 minute video on the history of the “Tommy John” surgery and how it was came into play. Continue reading
The New York Yankees signed Andrew Brackman to a four year guaranteed deal which is worth a minimum of 4.5 million to a maximum of 13 million. The College Baseball Blog attended one of Brackman’s starts in the 2007 season (sat about four people over from Keith Law of ESPN) and was less then impressed with his performance. He did not show me first round type material but throws a very hard fastball but his curveball needs a lot of work. The biggest issue that I have over Brackman is the arm issues he ran into at the end of the NC State season which hampered the Wolfpack’s chances in the NCAA and ACC tournaments. There is not much mileage on his arm since he pitched in only 78 innings in 2007 while pitching in a combined 71.1 innings in his freshman and sophomore seasons. He was visiting famed surgeon James Andrews this week to look at his inflamed elbow where Tommy John surgery might be needed.
Columbia starting pitcher Joe Scarleta (Walpole, MA) had Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow during the 2006 season after experiencing pain during the spring trip to Florida. The article is an excellent tool to learn about this particular surgery and can be read here.