OAKLAND -- It's a disheartening thing for any player to deal with Tommy John surgery. Imagine, then, having to undergo the procedure twice -- the second time just three years later, no less.
Joey Devine is living this nightmare.
It was revealed on Tuesday that the A's reliever was forced to undergo his second Tommy John surgery in Pensacola, Fla., and will miss all of the 2012 season. His first operation was performed April 21, 2009, and Devine proceeded to not only miss that year but 2010, as well. Since then, he's made just 26 big league appearances.
What Andrews found was significant damage. Not only was there a tear in Devine's ulnar collateral ligament, but he had to monitor the debridement of the flexor tendon and also repair damage to the ulnar nerve, which was covered in scar tissue.
"They've obviously grown close over the last few years," Paparesta said of Devine and Andrews. "When I spoke to Dr. Andrews to see how everything went, he was just as upset as Devine. ... He gave it all he had."
Dr. Frank Jobe, the originator of the Tommy John surgery in 1974, recently spoke to MLB.com and admitted that, with a second round of the procedure, "you do worry a little bit more."
"There's a couple reasons for that," Jobe said. "One, you might be someone whose connective tissue is not quite as quality as the other guys who have gotten it just once and it held up. The other thing is, he might have gone back to pitching too soon. You can't be sure, though. If you're going to do it a second time, you want to be sure that you're going to get some really good tissue to replace it this time around."