Tommy John surgery 'epidemic'?

More than a dozen big league pitchers have already had the surgery this year

Updated: May 4, 2014, 10:32 AM ET
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

As he watched Kris Medlen walk off the mound in mid-inning last month and head straight for the trainer, Frank Wren already had that "sickening feeling" in his stomach.

Unfortunately, it's a feeling the Braves' GM knows all too well.

Within days, Medlen and Brandon Beachy would become the third and fourth Braves pitchers to visit their friendly neighborhood Tommy John surgeon since May. Only a few weeks later, reliever Cory Gearrin would become the fifth.

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