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Jameson Taillon Of The Yankees And Nathan Eovaldi Of The Red Sox Will Face Off In A Showdown Of Pitchers Who Have Had Tommy John Surgery Twice

BOSTON — For what looks to be the first time in MLB history, two pitchers who have each undergone Tommy John surgery twice will start against one another on Saturday. Jameson Taillon will start for the Yankees, while Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound for the Red Sox.
Over the previous 18 months, Taillon and Eovaldi have become friends and division rivals, thanks to statistics provided by researcher Jon Roegele. At least 124 baseball players have had ulnar collateral reconstruction at least twice, according to data compiled by researcher Jon Roegele.
It’s been done three times by three different players.
72 of the 124 players have returned to the sport in some manner (while others are currently making their way back).
The Athletic cross-referenced Roegeles data with historic starter data given by STATS Research, which did not show past occurrences of two pitchers who have each undergone UCL surgery twice starting against one another in an MLB game.Since Taillon received his second UCL surgery in August 2019, 12 other pitchers have had their second surgery.
There have been some two-time TJ success stories — Daniel Hudson, Peter Fairbanks, and others.

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