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Tommy John surgery: Cutting edge to commonplace

Tommy John surgery has become such a success, it's almost fashionable for pitchers to have elbow reconstruction.

Originally Published: August 13, 2003
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

Last week it was Ryan Dempster and Mike Fetters. The week before it was Denny Neagle. Before them it was Rick Ankiel's turn. And before him came Paul Byrd.

What do they have in common? They've all visited their friendly neighborhood Tommy John surgeon during the last month or so. And there will be more just like them -- next week, the week after and even more weeks after that.

It's so commonplace now, this trip to the rebuilt-elbow shop, it's amazing that Major League Baseball hasn't ...

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