2010 ALDS: New York Yankees vs. Minnesota Twins
Tommy John surgery.
Liriano started the 2006 season with a bang, going 12-3 with a 2.19 ERA, but in August he felt pain in his left elbow and went on the DL on August 11, 2006.
And thus began his LONG journey.
He missed the entire 2007 season and spent most of 2008 rehabbing in the minor leagues. In 2009, his first full year back after Tommy John surgery, he was a disappointing 5-13 with a 5.80 ERA. This season, however, he went 14-10 with a 3.62 ERA and it seems after 4 long years, he has finally fully recovered.
And later today he will start Game 1 of the ALDS.
So I guess we can say, Sabathia has joined Tommy John and Liriano has come back from Tommy John.
And for the record, John's 21-9 and 22-9 seasons with the Yankees were after he had, well, Tommy John surgery.
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