Bronson Arroyo’s advice on players who have had Tommy John surgery

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Almost every major league baseball pitcher hopes to hear that they will have to undergo Tommy John surgery. The procedure usually involves reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) inside the elbow, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Athletes who play in sports where overhead throws are common, such as soccer and football, are more prone to UCL injuries.

Last month, the list of current MLB players who underwent Tommy John surgery was increased when Pittsburgh Pirates star Johan Oviedo underwent UCL reconstruction surgery.


Bronson Arroyo walks onto the basketball court

Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Cincinnati Reds walks onto the field where he is honored for his career before the start of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Great American Ball Park on September 23, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Boston defeated Cincinnati 5-0. (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Former big leaguer Arroyo joined OutKick’s “Hot Mic” joined the Hutton & Withrow show this week and offered some advice to players working their way back to the pitching mound after Tommy John surgery.

“I think you have to be patient because everyone’s body is so different. ” Arroyo said. “I know guys who have come back in ten months and felt really good and I know guys who have been grinding for over ten years trying to get the paint out.”


In July 2014, an MRI showed that Arroyo’s ulnar collateral ligament was torn. But at the time, the 2006 MLB All-Star was still trying to position himself despite the serious injury.

Even after the MRI revealed the tear, Arroyo tried to fight through it before submitting to surgery.

“I wanted to see if I could put it on without the ligament, because some guys have done it,” Arroyo said. “Most guys were bullpen guys, and so it was going to be tough to do. I fired it up the last three days, and I could throw 120 feet and maybe I could go out there and pitch to do it, but it won’t. come back soon enough. So I had to go in every 10 days and take nine days to get it healthy. It just wasn’t going to to work.”

Bronson Arroyo, former Cincinnati Reds player, recognizes a crowd

Former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Bronson Arroyo acknowledges the crowd during a Reds Hall of Fame induction ceremony before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on July 15, 2023 in Cincinnati , Ohio. (Aaron Doster/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Arroyo also recalled the multi-game disputes he had with former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

“July 24th fight with the Yankees over there in Fenway Park, is almost becoming like Bobby Bobby Bonilla Day… look what just showed up on my feed'”

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Arroyo said that despite their many run-ins on the baseball diamond, he had not spoken to Rodriguez.

“And the funny thing is…I never talked to Alex.”

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