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10 MLB Pitchers Who Made the All-Star Game After Tommy John Surgery

10 MLB Pitchers Who Returned To All-Star Form Post Tommy John Surgery

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The number of MLB pitchers undergoing Tommy John surgery these days is stunning. Some are even calling it an epidemic, given that so many of today's top young arms are going under the knife.

But all is not lost for the young hurlers undergoing the infamous operation.

Here are 10 pitchers who not only came back strong from TJS, but also made it back to an All-Star level:

1. John Smoltz

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1. John Smoltz

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Smoltz missed all of the 2000 season after TJS, but came back strong as a reliever in the years that followed. He eventually worked his way back to being a starter, and made the ASG four more times before calling it a career in 2009.

2. Chris Carpenter

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2. Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter

Carpenter not only returned to the ASG post TJS, he also placed second in Cy Young voting in 2009.

3. David Wells

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3. David Wells

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Wells had the infamous operation way back in 1985, prior to his MLB career really getting underway. He would go on to win 239 games before retiring in 2007.

4. Tim Hudson

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4. Tim Hudson

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Hudson's career is still going strong after TJS in 2008. He returned to AS form in 2010, winning 17 games and Comeback Player of the Year.

5. Adam Wainwright

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5. Adam Wainwright

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The Cardinals flamethrower missed all of 2011, but showed us he might be better than ever in 2013 after winning 19 games and placing 2nd in Cy Young voting.

6. Joe Nathan

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6. Joe Nathan

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It looked like TJS was going to derail Nathan's career in 2010, but he's since gotten back on track and made the ASG twice.

7. Jordan Zimmerman

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7. Jordan Zimmerman

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Zimmerman capped his recovery from TJS by winning 19 games in 2013.

8. Stephen Strasburg

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8. Stephen Strasburg

Stephen Strasburg

The Phenom was forced under the knife after his rookie season, but looked like an ace in 2012 during his first full season back. He's struggling to get to Phenom level in 2014, but he's still no doubt a great pitcher.

9. Kerry Wood

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9. Kerry Wood

Starting pitcher Kerry Wood

Many people will argue that Wood was better post TJS. He had a lot of other injuries that kept him grounded throughout his career, but he's one pitcher that gained velocity after the operation.

10. Tommy John

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10. Tommy John

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The perfect example of success after TJS is Tommy John himself. He was the first pitcher to undergo the operation in 1975, but after a year off, he returned to form and then some. John would go on to make three ASG appearances and also won 20 games in 1977, 1979 and 1980.