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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Renowned orthopedic surgeon Lewis Yocum, who extended the careers of many big leaguers by repairing injuries that once would’ve ended their playing days, has died. He was 65.
“I wouldn’t be here without him,” Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann said. “He’s fixed a lot of guys and done a lot for the game of baseball.”
Yocum had been ill with liver cancer, something that he chose to keep private.
“We totally understood that,” Angels All-Star pitcher Jered Weaver said. “He just wanted to deal with it with his family and didn’t want to have to put that on us. When we heard that he was going through liver cancer, it was tough to hear that. A guy like that only comes around in this world every so often.”
“I knew it was serious, but he didn’t want to talk about it,” Jobe said at Dodger Stadium before the Angels played the Dodgers. “It just makes me so sad because he’s not here anymore. It’s not like it was before, when I could ask Lew what he thinks about this or that. I can’t do that anymore.”
Yocum specialized in sports medicine, shoulders, elbows and knees, according to the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic Web site. The Los Angeles clinic was founded by Jobe, who shared the workplace and a close friendship with Yocum for 35 years.
“When he said that he had a twinkle and a gleam in his eye,” Smith said. “He loved fixing elbows or shoulders or ankles or knees. He was a great man and he is irreplaceable. His life was cut way, way too short.”
Not all of Yocum’s patients were highly paid professional athletes; he also operated on everyday people.
“It didn’t matter if you were a weekend golfer or a superstar pitcher,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “Dr. Yocum had the same feeling of compassion for you, and I think that’s what made him a special person. He had a presence about him, and our guys had total confidence in anything he told them.”
“They’re just as much a part of the game as the players, keeping us on the field,” Washington manager Davey Johnson said.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig called Yocum “a giant in the field of sports medicine.”
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