This is the third of a six-part series on ulnar collateral ligament injuries and the corrective procedure known as Tommy John surgery. The fourth part, about measures to prevent UCL injuries, will run later in the week.  Problem  |  Causes  |  Surgery  |  Prevention  |  Biomechanics  |  Prognosis Given the powerful forces driving up the number […]

This is the second of a six-part series on ulnar collateral ligament injuries and the corrective procedure known as Tommy John surgery. The third part, about the reconstructive surgery, will run Monday.  Problem  |  Causes  |  Surgery  |  Prevention  |  Biomechanics  |  Prognosis In the first segment of this series, we examined the surge of injuries […]

This is the first of a six-part series on ulnar collateral ligament injuries and the corrective procedure known as Tommy John surgery. The second part, analyzing the causes of UCL injuries, will run later this week.  Problem  |  Causes  |  Surgery  |  Prevention  |  Biomechanics  |  Prognosis The Platonic ideal for Athlete would be Aroldis Chapman. […]

Announcing: The first in a 6-part series on UCL injuries and Tommy John surgery – BROKEN ELBOWS – runs tomorrow at noon. Part 0 Part I: The Wreckage Part II: The Causes Part III: The Surgery Part IV: Prevention Part V: Biomechanical Analysis Part VI: The Prognosis and Homer Bailey Steve MancusoSteve grew up in […]

Reds #1 prospect Robert Stephenson has landed on the 7-day minor league DL. And we’re no longer talking about a “wrist cramp.” Hot off the Twitter presses: Stephenson has a right forearm strain. #reds — Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) August 18, 2015 Stephenson placed on the 7-day DL by Louisville. Tony Cingrani, who had a neck […]

SS Zack Cozart tore ligaments and the biceps tendon in his right knee. Is expected to have surgery Monday. Rehab approximately 9 months. — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 11, 2015 Reds recall IF Chris Dominguez (#15) and IF Eugenio Suarez (#7), option RHP Pedro Villarreal, place on the 15-day DL SS Zack Cozart. — Cincinnati […]

It was two weeks ago when I first wrote about Devin Mesoraco’s tragic hip injury. Here’s the abridged version that leaves out the ugly medical details: (1) Hip impingements are related to bone growth and therefore generally not responsive to non-surgical treatments or management, so surgery is the likely course of action. (2) If it’s only […]

In an announcement that surprises no one, the Reds have tweeted that Homer Bailey will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. RHP Homer Bailey to have "Tommy John" surgery. Is expected to return during the 2016 season. — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) May 1, 2015 This follows the announcement last week that Bailey was suffering from a […]

When answering a soldier’s question about body armor in a town hall meeting in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld infamously said, “You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” In no way are the contexts comparable. But Rumsfeld’s phrasing was […]

I’m just going to rip off the Band-Aid. Or rather, the surgical tape. Devin Mesoraco is done catching for the Cincinnati Reds this year. At least the odds are stacked against it. He’s got a painful condition that’s aggravated when he catches. It usually requires surgery to remedy, season-ending surgery. Mesoraco has been diagnosed with […]

The Reds just tweeted: Corcino starting tonight instead of Latos (bone bruise, right elbow). Schumaker has successful surgery (torn labrum, left shoulder). — Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) September 12, 2014 I hadn’t seen any reports that Skip Schumaker was injured. Without knowing any details, labrum surgery is serious. Reds infielder Jack Hannahan tore his labrum and played […]

On August 13, C. Trent Rosecrans broke the news that Homer Bailey was bound for the disabled list. An MRI earlier that day had shown that Bailey had suffered a strained right flexor muscle. Flexor Mass Injuries The muscles that bend or flex our fingers are called flexor muscles. The Flexor Pronator Mass is in […]