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Diamond Cuts: Sore Thumbs

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.


Josh Hamilton

The Angels slugger suffered a setback in his return from thumb surgery, delaying his activation from the disabled list. Hamilton tore the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his left thumb during a head-first slide in early April. He progressed through rehab and had begun a rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. However he got jammed on a fastball while going through batting practice and was scratched from the lineup. Further evaluation revealed a bone contusion on his left thumb and the former MVP will not play for the next few days to let the new injury heal.

While the effected tissue in the two injuries seems to vary, it is important that the integrity of the bone tissue injured in his latest ailment does not have a cascade effect on his surgically repaired ligament. A torn UCL often results in an avulsion of the attached bone. The tiny bone fragment is then repaired when the ligament is anchored back in place. Time is needed for th

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