By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Oakland Athletics right-handed relief pitcher Bobby Wahl had thoracic outlet surgery on Monday. He made the decision to go under the knife after meeting with specialist Dr. Gregory Pearl in Dallas.
Wahl has not pitched for the Athletics since May with shoulder issues. He’s now officially done for the season.
The 25-year-old had the same surgery that New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey had last season. When Harvey had the surgery, he also missed the rest of the season.
Harvey started 2-0, winning April 6 and April 11, before not picking up another decision for more than a month on May 23 against the San Diego Padres.
When he was playing, he had a 4.70 ERA and allowed four runs in 7 2/3 innings.
According to WebMD, thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition presenting with arm complaints, numbness, tingling and even weakness. The cause is typically pressure in the neck against nerves and blood vessels that go to their arm.
There are three different kinds of TOS. The top one is Neurogenic TOS, which causes nerve compression comprises up to 95% of the cases. Venous TOS is the second case, and it’s made up of compression of the main vein comprises 4% of all TOS patients.
Arterial TOS is known as the third cause and it’s compression of the main artery comprises less than 1% of all the TOS patients.
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