Sunday, July 17, 2011

Regards to Brett Anderson

Get Well Soon, Brett Anderson. He's one of our favorites, as is the awesome Susan Slusser. From her SF Chronicle piece:

Brett Anderson's left elbow didn't respond to rest, rehab and platelet-rich plasma injections so the A's No. 2 starter had Tommy John surgery.
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"He knew it was going to come," A's starter Trevor Cahill said. "It's best to get it out of the way."
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Recovery time is 12 to 18 months, and Beane mentioned that Tim Hudson needed only 11 months. A's pitchers Joey Devine and Josh Outman, however, needed nearly two years to regain their previous form. Still, the procedure is so standard that almost everyone who undergoes it regains full ability. Five members of Oakland's current staff - Devine, Outman, Bailey, Grant Balfour and Fautino De Los Santos - have had the surgery, as has top pitching prospect Michael Ynoa.
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Dr. James Andrews operated on both Bailey and Anderson. Andrews used the gracilis tendon from Anderson's hamstring to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in Anderson's elbow, according to A's trainer Nick Paparesta.
I've known what ulnar collateral replacement surgery is for a long time,* and it still amazes me. How there can be a ligament we don't need somewhere in our leg just astounds me. The gracilis tendon is even being used in some cases for ACL surgery, ligament replacement on the knee, which makes me feel it should be sturdy enough for an elbow.

What did you do after school?
*Not when Tommy John had it, there are still some things I'm too young for, gratefully. I wonder who the first person I remember having Tommy John surgery, when I was growing up and learned about it from Steve Stone. Did Oil Can Boyd ever have it? Someone in the late 80's?

It's great that Brett Anderson is still only 23 years old, not to mention left-handed.

This isn't the devastating news it used to be 25 years ago. It's more like living being a girl from Long Island and getting a nose job. In fact, Brett Anderson very well should come back from a year of rehab, working out, getting in shape and pitch even better.

In the meantime, it's nice to see him having fun at his own expense on his twitter account. He posted this about an hour ago with a big laugh, early Sunday morning:

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