Strasburg and the Tommy John question 

September, 6, 2011
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Stephen Strasburg returns to the major leagues today, barely over a year after he underwent the procedure commonly known as "Tommy John surgery," or affectionately known as "the zipper" by many players who have had the operation to replace a torn ligament in their throwing elbow. To think about what Strasburg's future may hold as he continues his recovery from the surgery, it's worth looking at what happens from the end of the surgery itself to the point at which the pitcher returns to full competition.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer

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