It was announced Lance Lynn would undergo Tommy John surgery in November of 2015. In August of 2016 he made his first rehab start for Palm Beach.
Lance Lynn begins rehab assignmet today. #stlcards will monitor progress over next few weeks to see if there's a chance he returns in '16.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) August 15, 2016
That is ten months.
The average pitcher, per MLB.com Pitchs Smart:
... returns to game action 12-16 months following surgery but that time varies greatly by individual. In a recent study by Erickson et al., Major League pitchers returned in as little as 11 months and as many as 30 months.
Ten months? That is pretty much unprecedented. But not impossible. Let’s continue on:
The player's return also depends on when the surgery is performed in the context of the baseball season as well as the severity of the injury. Players, parents and coaches should remember that each injury is unique and has its own timeline for recovery.
So he is making rehab starts, but how did he do?
Lance Lynn 27 pitches 19 strikes. 1.2 innings 2 k's 1 hit for Palm Beach. A nice bullpen weapon in September? @KSDKSports @Cardinals— Frank Cusumano (@Frank_Cusumano) August 16, 2016
The concern for such a speedy return is high, but a truly healthy Lance Lynn in 2016 could be a shot in the arm that the team could use.
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