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Jesse Foppert playing back up to his potential

March 6, 2006

Tommy John surgery.

Three of the ugliest words a pitcher can hear.

Mariners right-hander Jesse Foppert can tell you that. In 2003, he had the elbow-ligament reconstruction surgery, nicknamed after the pitcher who was the first athlete to successfully undergo the procedure.

It derailed Foppert's hyper-speed progression from unknown to projected stardom.

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