Mississippi State pitcher suffers scary injury on the mound

Mississippi State ace Landon Sims walked out of the team’s game against Tulane with a scary-looking injury.

Sims entered the season as a former closer trying to establish himself as one of college baseball’s top starters, a move that would do that significantly increase his design pool. He’s done that and then some this season – although that could come to a screeching halt.

On Friday night against Tulane, Sims rolled, by knocking out 10 of the first 11 hitters he faced. Then he pointed to his arm in the middle of AB while shaking his elbow. It wasn’t looking good and many on social media were wondering if it was a UCL-related illness.

The state of Mississippi would not provide an official update at the moment as Sims is one of the most well known players in the sport and is subject to further testing.

Does Landon Sims have a UCL injury?

Like I said, it’s way too early to tell. A UCL injury – or an elbow injury – is commonplace in the game today, especially for young pitchers.

The UCL, also known as the ulnar collateral ligament, typically tears due to a traumatic event or gradual trauma to the elbow (e.g., repetitively throwing a baseball at high speed).

Per John Hopkins Medicine, “The ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow is most commonly injured by repetitive strain from overhead movements. This movement is common in throwing sports like baseball and javelin.”

Tommy John surgery

For now, it’s too early to jump to conclusions about what Sims’ injury is or how it would heal. However, many pitchers dealing with traumatic elbow injuries undergo Tommy John surgery, named for former MLB pitcher Tommy John.

What is Tommy John surgery? The following is per John Hopkins Medicine, again: “UCL reconstruction is an operation commonly used to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow by replacing it with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. The goal of the surgery is to stabilize the elbow, reduce or eliminate pain, and restore stability and range of motion.”

https://fansided.com/2022/03/04/landon-sims-injury-mississippi-state-ucl/ Mississippi State pitcher suffers scary injury on the mound

John Verrall

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