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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dr James Andrews suspends doing Tommy John Surgeries.

From the NY POST
Dr. James Andrews has suspended Tommy John surgeries at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Florida, according to the Boston Globe.
“We are not performing any non-urgent or non-emergent procedures, including Tommy John surgery, in compliance with the governor’s executive order,” a spokesperson for the Institute told the Globe. “We are adhering to these restrictions and all such cases are suspended at this time.”
In the past week, Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard and Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale have both undergone Tommy John surgery. Syndergaard’s was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Florida and Sale’s performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.
But their surgeries have become a point of contention at a time when the U.S. surgeon general has asked hospitals to consider stopping elective procedures and some states (including New York and Florida) have taken matters into their own hands by temporarily banning them.
Read more here. 

Syndergaard got his Tommy John surgery in under the wire. BTW we haven't heard much about it. I guess the Mets realized it wasn't a good idea to make a big deal of it. The main reason the hospitals are suspending the surgeries is to save use on necessary equipment and protective gear.

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