"One thing I've heard is it's going to happen anyway, let's do it and get it over with at the beginning," Fleisig said. "Another thing I've heard is after the Tommy John, he will be as good as he would have been, no harm except for losing time. And, another thing I've heard, that after Tommy John surgery, they'll be even better than they were before. So, I've heard all those things. None of that's true."
But, Fleisig said research at ASMI — which was founded by Andrews, who is also atop the listings on the Pitch Smart advisory committee — showed an increase in youth baseball players having the surgery in the 1990s before the increase among professionals.