“Boomer” underwent the procedure when he was in the minor leagues in 1985. Nowadays, technological aids have improved the recovery prospects for major-leaguers who receive Tommy John surgery, but back then, a comeback was no certain thing.
Someone forgot to tell David Wells, though. The pudgy lefthander ended up pitching for 21 years in the major leagues after having surgery, winning World Series titles with the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees. While pitching in pinstripes, Wells threw the 15th perfect game in MLB history and also led the American League in wins in 2000.
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