Daniel Bryan Reportedly Needs Tommy John Surgery

David Shoemaker of GrantLand.com Tweeted that he heard Daniel Bryan needs Tommy John surgery and will be out at least three more months.

This is not necessarily a new update as it was known Bryan needed elbow surgery and once he had the surgery, it would require at least three more months of rehabilitation. What is new is the fact the procedure he needs is Tommy John surgery, a medical practice ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction.

It was believed Bryan had a nerve issue in his elbow, however, this would indicate the injury has to do with the UCL. The surgery is common in Major League Baseball as it’s a surgical graft procedure in which the ulnar collateral ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. The timeframe for a MLB pitcher is much longer and usually requires a full year of rehabilitation, however, it’s shorter for position players due to less stress placed on the elbow.

Bryan said over SummerSlam weekend that he was originally scheduled for elbow surgery on Tuesday, however, it was postponed in order to run more tests.

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  • David Jr.

    Tommy John is 7th all time in wins for left-handed pitchers in MLB history but most people probably more associated with the surgery.

  • Avalanchian

    Tommy John surgery will take way more than 3 months. Well I guess that applies for pitchers in baseball but I’d assume it would be close to 6-7 months.

  • Michael Greene

    If DB needs Tommy john surgery, he will certainly be out for more than 3 months if he cares about his career. Even with floods of vitamin D and a bone growth stimulation device, 3 months is a very short period of time for a professional athlete to come back. Getting the ligament to stretch out after replacement combined with bone growth is not a simple process and can VERY easily be screwed up by over training and coming back too soon. Too much pressure or too much work can result in a re-injury that would be really tough to fix.

  • David F

    Royal Rumble return for Bryan? Still serious injury but at least not career threatening yet. Hopefully Bryan will have big match too at WM 31 maybe even v John Cena

  • Padres4life

    so i guess he’ll be back by Rumble?

  • Padres4life

    I really hope he’s back rather sooner than later…i mean he doesn’t really use his upper body when he wrestles all that much, its all lower body…so it might be sooner.

    • ErmmmWHAT?

      This has to be the funniest/most naive thing, I have read in a long time.

  • Alex P

    I think everyone is too dead set on the fact that the timetable is normally a year…for baseball pitchers. A position player that has had the same surgery this year is Matt Wieters of the Baltimore Orioles and his timetable was 9 months. I get that he’s in a very physical business, but wrestling has significantly less strain on an elbow than playing baseball (and yes that includes position players). Bryan doesn’t have to rely on his elbow as much as a baseball player. I’m not fully sure about 3 months…but as long as there are no setbacks…definite Royal Rumble return.

  • Padres4life

    apparently Shoemaker heard wrong….they’re still running tests and taking their sweet time (