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Diamond Cuts: Protecting McCutchen

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.

Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki

Last week I discussed the Rockies problems and hinted that both Gonzalez and Tulowitzki could be done for the season. My suspicions were later confirmed, as season-ending surgery was required in both cases. Tulowitzki was the first to go down, opting for surgery to repair a tear in the labrum of his hip.

The main joint of the hip is the acetabulofemoral (AF) joint. The labrum is a fibrocartilaginous ring that deepens the acetabulum to insure stability of the lower leg in and on the pelvis. Occasionally the labrum will develop a tear from repetitive overuse or following a violent collision or fall. Labrum tears are very painful and can lead to chronic instability in the hip. Surgeons looking to fix the area have two options.

The first is a debridement procedure in which the damaged tissue is simply removed. The second option is more intensive and involves the surgeon reattaching the torn tissue. The frayed

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