Until four years ago, medical professionals across Major League Baseball were not speaking the same language. The league finally installed an injury surveillance system, and in 2011 Michael Ciccotti was appointed to lead an elbow study group under baseball's medical advisory committee.
Ciccotti, the Phillies' head team physician and director of sports medicine at the Rothman Institute, initiated research on the ulnar collateral ligament, now the most-discussed tissue in baseball. "Let's see if we can find out some answers," commissioner Bud Selig said last week. "Nobody has them, I'll tell you that." The onus falls to Ciccotti and his colleagues.
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