Tommy John Surgery: 10 Pitchers Who Came Back Better, 10 Who Didn't

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Tommy John Surgery: 10 Pitchers Who Came Back Better, 10 Who Didn't
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The baseball world got a dose of disappointing news with word that Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg will need Tommy John surgery.

The now famous ligament replacement procedure has been performed on seemingly a countless number of baseball players. Yet, the surgery is no guarantee.

Since former big leaguer Tommy John had the surgery, superstar pitchers and minor leaguers alike have gone under the knife.  While some have recovered to enjoy lengthy, successful careers, there are a number of hurlers who were never the same after going under the knife.

Here is a look at 10 pitchers who made it all the way back and 10 tougher tales when it comes to the most famous surgery in baseball.

 

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