Tommy John selling MRI's of repaired elbow

Former MLB pitcher Tommy John -- yes, the guy the surgery is named after -- is selling a set of...

Former MLB pitcher Tommy John -- yes, the guy the surgery is named after -- is selling a set of MRI's taken of his reconstructed elbow. (AFP)

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Former major-league left-handed pitcher Tommy John is selling a set of four MRI's of his elbow signed by himself and the late Dr. Frank Jobe, who performed the famous surgery in 1974, according to ESPN.com.

The print costs $1,295, with proceeds going to John's "Let's Do It" Foundation. There are 99 prints in all.

The images were taken two years ago when John visited a clinic in Indianapolis to have his shoulder examined. The doctor decided to take images of John's famously-reconstructed elbow.

"Nobody had ever thought of taking pictures of what the nerve looked like on 'Patient Zero,'" said his agent, Kim Berger. "When the images came up, it was like looking at the Titanic. It happened so long ago and it was so beautiful."

Berger brought 100 prints of the collage to Jobe a year ago and Jobe signed them. In April, John gave one of them to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team dedicated its training center to Jobe, who died in March. John played for the Dodgers at the time of his 1974 pioneering procedure.

John won 164 games after having the surgery.

The procedure is growing in popularity as 16 pitchers have opted to have the surgery since February.

TOWERS WORRIED ABOUT JOB

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers recently told MLB.com that he is not sure how much longer he will be with the team.

Towers acknowledged that Diamondbacks managing partner Ken Kendrick and president Derrick Hall are disappointed in the team's slow start and that his job may be at stake.

"(Kendrick and Hall) are both very, very disappointed, and rightfully so," Towers said. "When you spend $110 million and you're 9-22 at the end of April, I wouldn't be happy, either.

"I'm also disappointed, but I still believe in the core group. I think they will get better. Will I be around to see it? I don't know."

The Diamondbacks (11-22) are on a three-game win streak but still have the worst record in the National League. Towers attributed the poor start, at least in part, to injuries. Pitchers Patrick Corbin, Daniel Hudson, David Hernandez and Matt Reynolds are all on the shelf.

"If we had Hudson right now, Reynolds, Hernandez and Corbin, we're a better ballclub," Towers said. "But that's a year away. Do we have that year? I don't have that answer.

Towers and manager Kirk Gibson each received contract extensions before spring training but the team's slow start has Towers worried about their job security.

ROCKIES SCRATCH YOUNG

New York Mets outfielder Eric Young Jr. was scratched from Sunday's lineup against the host Colorado Rockies after getting hit in the face with a ball during batting practice.

Mets first baseman Lucas Duda hit a ball in an indoor batting cage at Coors Field that ricocheted off the screen and smacked Young below his right eye.

Young was taken to a hospital for X-rays.

Juan Lagares replaced Young in the lineup, batting first and playing centre field.

RAYS DFA BELL

The Tampa Bay Rays designated right-handed reliever Heath Bell for assignment.

The Rays announced they were parting with the former all-star closer before Sunday's game against the New York Yankees.

To fill Bell's spot on the roster, the Rays called up right-hander Nathan Karns from triple-A Durham.

Bell, a three-time all-star with the San Diego Padres, has a 7.27 ERA in 13 games this season.

The Rays have 10 days to trade or release Bell before he can be sent to the minors.

Bell, 36, has a 4.91 ERA since signing a three-year, $27 million contract with the Miami Marlins before the 2012 season.

The Rays' bullpen has American League-highs with a 4.23 ERA and 110 2/3 innings.

INDIANS RECALL MORGAN

The Cleveland Indians recalled outfielder Nyjer Morgan from triple-A Columbus on Sunday and optioned left-handed pitcher Nick Hagadone to Columbus.

Morgan enters his second stint with Cleveland this year after opening the year with the Indians, hitting .348 (8-for-23) with three steals, seven walks, four runs scored and four RBIs in nine games – including seven starts in centre field.

Morgan was optioned to Columbus on April 15 and has appeared in 15 games for the Clippers. He is batting .200 with four runs, four doubles, one home run and seven RBIs.

Hagadone is 1-2 with a 3.97 ERA and one save in 10 relief appearances with Columbus. He was recalled on Saturday but did not appear in the game against the Chicago White Sox.

 

 


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