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John Smoltz defied odds by making Hall of Fame after Tommy John surgery

...League Baseball has begun to take a closer look at the problem. MLB has already conducted a study on the cause of elbow injuries, and five teams have agreed to allow the pitchers they selected in the 2014 draft to be used in a five-year study...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2015-07-02/john-smoltz-defied-odds-
Cumpton has Tommy John surgery

...Cumpton basically has full control years remaining and will be 27 years old next season, so he'll remain a worthy piece when he returns. Chalk up the local standout as the latest in a heavy trend of elbow injuries in recent years.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/david-lee/2015-03-11/cumpton-has-
For Braves, a shaky future after dismal finish

...performed much better than expected after projected starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy went down with season-ending elbow injuries in spring training. Ervin Santana was signed to a one-year deal and went 14-10. Aaron Harang was a bargain pickup...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-09-29/braves-shaky-future-afte
Offensive woes might keep Atlanta Braves out of playoffs

...The pitching has been better than expected after losing starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending elbow injuries in spring training. Harang (11-11) and Ervin Santana (14-9) were hastily signed to bolster a rotation that...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-09-18/offensive-woes-might-kee
Braves' division hopes dimmed after loss

...LaRoche is 9 for 19 with four home runs and 12 RBI in his last six games.The run started when he overcame back and elbow injuries and a stomach virus to punch in five RBI as a late sub against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Santana settled down somewhat...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-09-09/braves-division-hopes-ab
Pitchers, organizations alarmed by rash of elbow injuries

All over spring training, there's been an outbreak of wrecked elbows and pained pitchers.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-03-18/pitchers-organizations-a
Atlanta Braves watching minor starts by trio of pitchers

...Friday. The three starters are moving closer to joining an Atlanta rotation severely depleted by season-ending elbow injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy this spring.Minor, returning from a sore shoulder, is pitching for Double-A...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-04-02/atlanta-braves-watching-
Braves beat Reds behind rookie pitcher

...Minor was projected as one of the team's top starters even before Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy had season-ending elbow injuries in spring training.Minor had urinary tract surgery on Dec. 31, which pushed back his spring schedule. He then...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-04-26/braves-beat-reds-behind-
Braves, Brewers to test new sod on Opening Day

...especially among their pitching staff.Pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy are already done for the year with elbow injuries. Mike Minor will open the season on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore shoulder. Gavin Floyd is recovering...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-03-30/braves-brewers-test-new-
Ervin Santana does it all in Braves debut

...one-year contract with Atlanta after the Braves lost starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending elbow injuries last month. He threw only 88 pitches, 65 for strikes.Former Augusta GreenJacket Zack Wheeler (0-2) allowed...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-04-09/ervin-santana-does-it-al