Noah Syndergaard to have Tommy John surgery, but does it need to happen quickly?

New York Mets San Francisco Giants Baseball A part of the U.S. population believes professional sports leagues are receiving preferential treatment during the coronavirus pandemic. Players and other team personnel have been tested for COVID-19 in an expedited manner while a majority of Americans still cannot get the tests. People are also questioning whether it's appropriate for surgeons to operate on injured pitchers when hospitals are being overtaxed by ill patients and some states are prohibiting non-essential procedures.The Mets' announcement Tuesday that right-hander Noah Syndergaard would undergo ligament replacement surgery, aka Tommy John surgery, on Thursday to repair a UCL tear in his pitching elbow provided more debate fodder. Syndergaard joined the Yankees' Luis Severino, the Red Sox's Chris Sale and the Giants' Tyler Beede in being recommended for the procedure since the start of spring training. MORE: Sports figure who have tested positive for the coronavirus An orthopedic surgeon who has extensive experience with Tommy John surgeries — and who provided Beede and Syndergaard with second opinions — argued that the procedures aren't elective because delays can harm a pitcher's earning potential. "I know that I’m going to[......]


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