During a recent Subway Series event at the Delta Dugout at the MLB Fan Cave in New York, current and former New York Mets and Yankees players and coaches discussed the sudden rise in Tommy John procedures in the Major Leagues.
A hot topic was the recent announcement that Miami Marlins standout, Jose Fernandez will have to undergo the operation. "It's definitely unfortunate," said New York Mets pitcher, Matt Harvey. "You don't want to see anyone get hurt, especially with the amount of Tommy Johns that have happened so far this year, it is a really unfortunate thing for Major League Baseball. It's definitely not fun hearing the news that someone else is constantly going down. Harvey who himself had the procedure done this off-season is on track to return to game action for the 2015 season.
The event that celebrated the annual interleague games, featured the likes of Harvey, Yankees manager Joe Girardi, former Mets manager Bobby Valentine, Yankees closer David Robertson and former players, Keith Hernandez and Dwight Gooden. "Jose is a great kid. I saw him a little bit in high school, because he's from Tampa, my hometown," said Gooden. The Doc, who pitched for the Mets and Yankees, never had the surgery performed during his 16 year career. "I was lucky," Gooden said. "My mechanics were good. My dad taught me at an early age about mechanics. If I felt good, I continued to throw. If I didn't feel good, I didn't."
The Yankees lost Ivan Nova earlier this year to 'Tommy John' and manager Joe Girardi feels that the problem may start before the players reach the Major Leagues. "We've seen a lot of young pitchers go down," Girardi said. "You wonder if it's too much throwing at an early age, and not giving the body proper rest in the off-season. "Also kids are throwing hard at an early age. They are getting bigger and stronger from the training and maybe the body isn't meant to handle it."
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