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Braves Verify Star Pitcher had Reconstructive Elbow Surgical procedure; Will Miss All of 2024

The Atlanta Braves confirmed this morning that star pitcher Spencer Strider had reconstructive surgery on his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will miss the remainder of the 2024 season. This is Strider’s second UCL reconstruction – he previously had the procedure done in 2019 while at Clemson University. The surgery was performed

Braves Verify Star Pitcher had Reconstructive Elbow Surgical procedure; Will Miss All of 2024

The Atlanta Braves confirmed this morning that star pitcher Spencer Strider had reconstructive surgical procedure on his ulnar collateral ligament in his proper elbow and can miss the rest of the 2024 season.

That is Strider’s second UCL reconstruction – he beforehand had the process achieved in 2019 whereas at Clemson College.

The surgical procedure was carried out on Friday by Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas, TX, who generally does Atlanta’s elbow surgical procedures for his or her pitchers. Meister, who’s the staff doctor for the Texas Rangers, is the brand new go-to surgeon for elbow procedures with the retirement of legendary surgeon Dr. James Andrews in January of this yr. Meister’s carried out surgical procedures on star pitchers Sandy Alcantara, Shane McClanahan, and Jacob deGrom within the final yr and did the Tommy John surgical procedures for present Braves pitchers Ian Anderson, Tyler Matzek, and Huascar Ynoa, in addition to prospect Blake Burkhalter and former Braves pitcher and present San Francisco Giants reliever Luke Jackson.

Atlanta confirmed that the surgical possibility achieved was the “inner brace” methodology that is risen to reputation lately, would might doubtlessly have a shorter restoration time and (theretically) will give further assist to the arm as soon as the pitcher returns to play.

RHP Spencer Strider yesterday underwent surgical procedure to restore the ulnar collateral ligament in his proper elbow with inner brace, carried out by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, TX. He’ll miss the rest of the 2024 season.

— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) April 13, 2024

In a standard UCL reconstruction, a donor tendon – coming from both the affected person’s forearm or leg or from a cadaver – is sewn into the elbow joint and weaved in a figure-eight sample. The tendon heals and the pitcher returns to motion in fourteen to eighteen months, relying on how the rehab progresses.

The interior brace process, which is a more recent different that is turn out to be broadly adopted lately, has been achieved on a number of main leaguers together with Shohei Ohtani for his second UCL damage and Lucas Giolito for his second. After the UCL is repaired, a tape-like suture is anchored into the humerus (the higher bone of the arm) and ulna (the forearm), which stays in place after the athlete returns to play. It’ll present further stability to the construction of the joint going ahead, sometimes (however not at all times) permitting for a faster return to play.

Whereas full returns to play after a second Tommy John surgical procedure are considerably much less frequent, there are some notable MLB success tales like Texas Rangers pitcher Nathan Eovaldi and former Braves reliever Jonny Venters, who had three Tommy John surgical procedures and nonetheless returned to MLB.

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