Force of habit

Science, not the scalpel, is the real solution for Tommy John injuries. Too bad few MLB teams are paying attention.

Updated: March 23, 2012, 12:20 PM ET
By Lindsay Berra | ESPN The Magazine

EVERY PITCHER no matter his age, generates enough force on each pitch to rupture the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. It's a scary thought, for sure, but also an easy one to forget in the idyllic, emerald-grass setting that is Viera, Fla. Though Washington Nationals spring training has only just begun, a healthy crowd has turned out to watch fireballer Stephen Strasburg throw today's bullpen. It's been 18 months since the Nationals star underwent Tommy John surgery -- the ...

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