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Tommy John surgery for John Lackey

Tommy John surgery is also known as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction

Tommy John surgery is in the immediate future for Red Sox starter John Lackey.

CBS/AP reports that Lackey will undergo Tommy John surgery and, as a result, miss the entire 2012 season. The Red Sox’s new GM, Ben Cherington, made the announcement on Tuesday. The announcement of the surgery follows a terrible year for Lackey. Lackey filed for divorce late in the season and his wife has breast cancer. 

“Everything in my life sucks right now, to be honest with you,” a frustrated Lackey said in May.

Cherington spoke highly of Lackey, saying, “John Lackey pitched through circumstances this year that I don’t think any of us in this room can fully understand and he got beat up for it a little bit along the way. This guy was dealing with some stuff both on the field and off the field that were really difficult. I thought he showed tremendous toughness pitching through that.”

Tommy John surgery, also known as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, is a surgical procedure in which a ligament from the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from somewhere else in the body. The chances of a complete recovery are estimated between 85 and 92 percent.

Read more about Tommy John surgery here.

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