12 sports stars who underwent orthopedic surgery in the last 2 months


From baseball to football, injuries and professional sports go hand in hand. Here are 12 professional athletes who have undergone orthopedic surgery reported by Becker's since Aug. 2:

1. Neal ElAttrache, MD, performed elbow surgery on Shohei Ohtani, a player for the Los Angeles Angels, at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. Mr. Ohtani tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is expected to be able to exclusively hit during the 2024 MLB season and return to both pitching and hitting in 2025. 

2. Keith Meister, MD, performed Tommy John surgery on Jasson Domínguez, an outfielder for the New York Yankees. The operation was to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in Mr. Domínguez's elbow. Yankees manager Aaron Boone estimated a nine- to 10-month recovery timeline.

3. Neal ElAttrache, MD, operated on New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers to repair a torn Achilles tendon. Mr. Rodgers faces months of rehab, but Jets coach Robert Saleh and owner Woody Johnson suggested he may return to the field in 2024.

4. Neal ElAttrache, MD, performed Tommy John surgery on Tony Gonsolin of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The procedure is expected to extend the pitcher's absence through 2024.

5. Thomas Graham, MD, performed reconstructive thumb surgery on Sal Frelick, an outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers. Following the surgery, Mr. Frelick was able to return to game action in seven weeks.

6. Neal ElAttrache, MD, performed reconstructive knee surgery on Nyheim Hines, a player for the Buffalo Bills. The procedure was an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, which will cause Mr. Hines to miss the entirety of the upcoming NFL season.

7. James Voos, MD, performed arthroscopic knee surgery on Alex Wright and Isaiah Thomas, two players for the Cleveland Browns, at University Hospitals in Cleveland. Both players are expected to make full recoveries and return early in the 2023 NFL season.

8. Robert Watkins, MD, operated on Oakland Athletics pitcher Drew Rucinski, who had a spinal decompression and L5 to S1 spinal fusion. He will be out for the remainder of the season.

9. Neal ElAttrache, MD, operated on James Kaprielian, a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. ElAttrache performed shoulder surgery on Mr. Kaprielian's right posterior labrum, which will cause Mr. Kaprielian to miss the remainder of the 2023 MLB season.

10. Chicago White Sox pitcher Liam Hendriks had a season-ending surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Keith Meister, MD, performed the Tommy John surgery at TMI Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery in Arlington, Texas. Mr. Hendriks is expected to recover in 12 to 14 months.

11. Washington Nationals pitcher Matt Cronin had surgery to repair a herniated disc. The procedure was performed by Thomas Tolli, MD, a spine surgeon in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Washington Nationals haven't announced a timeline for Mr. Cronin's recovery.

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