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Pitchers, arm injuries and comebacks

Studies say elbow reconstruction offers more hope than shoulder surgery

Updated: September 16, 2010, 12:13 AM ET
By Stephania Bell | ESPN.com

No pitcher wants to hear he needs surgery on his throwing arm, but if the damage is severe enough, it may be unavoidable. Most throwers who reach the point of surgery are hopeful that going under the knife will allow them to return to their chosen occupation. But as anyone in the baseball medicine field will tell you, a pitcher's return from surgery is never guaranteed.

The commonplace occurrence of arm surgery amongst professional pitchers reflects the cumulative wear and tear ...

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