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To prevent Tommy John surgery, this app could prove apt
To prevent Tommy John surgery, this app could prove apt

Dr. James Andrews is hoping that he can kill a good deal of his own business. Andrews is a leading orthopedic surgeon, the man who many athletes — baseball pitchers in particular — turn to with career-threatening injuries. One of his specialties is what is commonly known as Tommy John surgery, a procedure in which a damaged ligament in an elbow is replaced by a tendon from another part of the body. Fifteen years ago, Andrews estimates he performed about 10 such procedures a year on young ballplayers with substantial injuries to their throwing arm, shoulder or elbow. That number is now tenfold. His morning schedule earlier this week was typical: Four of the first five...