"This seems to be a growing topic in baseball. No doubt velocity has gone up for starters and relievers," said Stan Conte, former Giants and Dodgers head athletic trainer turned consultant. "Although the number of Tommy John surgeries in the majors was down from previous high of over 30 in 2012 and 2014, there was an increase in the minor leagues. There is a direct relationship with velocity and stress on the UCL ligament."
"All that still kind of feels gone, so I feel pretty normal," he said. "Now it's just a matter of building back up and getting ready to go. I assume (a rehab assignment) would probably be the next step, but I don't think we've gotten there yet. We're kind of waiting to see how I come out of it tomorrow."