BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox issued the briefest of statements in regard to the completion of surgery on staff ace Chris Sale. No details nor any quotes from Sale, his doctor(s) or the team were provided.
The terse team-issued news item read:
Left-handed pitcher Chris Sale today underwent successful left UCL (Ulnar collateral ligament) reconstruction (“Tommy John surgery”). The procedure was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, CA.
Dr. ElAttrache is the team doctor for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the LA Rams of the NFL.
MLB and other professional sports teams have been under undue criticism for having their staff, team roster and others associated with the clubs having direct access to medical procedures some might call non-essential. However, with various orthopedic procedures, each case is different and the care of the players must be determined by the team doctor, usually based at a clinic (not a hospital) where the procedures can be carried out with a minimum of disruption to anyone else.