RESEARCH: Post-Tommy John survival rates

It has become pretty common to think that ulnar ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery is so routine that pitchers who have the procedure are pretty much guaranteed a return to MLB.

But is it so? And what about pitchers having a second TJS?

In a recent thread on the BaseballHQ.com forums, someone claimed that pitchers “don’t really come back from two (TJS) if I remember correctly.”

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