How Zack Wheeler Could Have Avoided Tommy John Surgery

Zack Wheeler pitching. Image Credit: Bill Menzel

The good news: Zack Wheeler underwent “successfulTommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL tendon and a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. “He is expected to make a full recovery,” the Mets said in a statement.

The bad news: Wheeler could have avoided the surgery, and not missed the entire 2015 season (as well as part of 2016).

How?

Listen to this interview with baseball pitching motion expert Angel Borrelli, who explains Wheeler’s injury, the warning signs that went back to 2009, and what Wheeler could have done to take better care of himself and prevent the ligament and tendon tears.

I welcome your arguments in the comments, but please listen to the podcast before challenging this claim. Borrelli is an expert in body movement specifically as it relates to the baseball pitching motion, with advanced degrees and over 20 years of experience. If you are of the stone-headed perspective of Sandy Alderson, who like many in baseball believes in the hopeless theory that pitching injuries are inevitable and unavoidable, please change the channel. This podcast is for people who would like to believe there is hope — that there are valid, proven, scientific answers to the epidemic of baseball pitching injuries.

On a positive note, pitchers and pitching coaches who listen to the entire podcast will hear the most fundamental element toward achieving peak pitching velocity.

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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.