Not just a UCL: Zack Wheeler had been pitching through a torn tendon since last year


The other day Zack Wheeler was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, ending his season and no doubt calling for Tommy John surgery. But Marc Carig of Newsday reports that he had other problems too: a torn tendon in his elbow dating back to last year, along with calcification in is elbow.

The tendon tear caused him pain but, according to doctors, was not likely to get worse with pitching, so it was just a matter of Wheeler enduring pain. In the offseason Wheeler underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy in hopes it would heal, but it didn’t work.

So yeah, this kid is seriously physically messed up.