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Nats reflect on passing of Dr. Yocum

May 28, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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Dr. Lewis Yocum, renowned sports orthopedist who performed surgeries on many of the biggest names in baseball, has passed away at the age of 65 after a year-long battle with liver cancer.
Yocum did the Tommy John surgeries for many Nationals players including Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Lucas Giolito, and Sammy Solis. He also advised Danny Espinosa during his recovery this offseason from a torn rotator cuff.
Zimmermann spoke to reporters on Tuesday just minutes after learning of the news. He expressed gratitude for Yocum’s work in reconstructing his elbow in 2009.
“He saved my career,” Zimmermann said. “He was a great guy and obviously saved my career and I wouldn’t be here without him.”
Zimmermann said he sent Yocum a text message three days before hearing he had passed. Zimmermann had learned he was in the hospital and not doing well.
  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - May 28, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    A great man. He will be missed.

  2. Caps Fan - May 28, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Will Stras and JZimm be wearing black elbow bands the rest of the season in his honor?

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 28, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I ave black arm band on

  4. Depot Master - May 28, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I hate cancer. Rest in Peace, Doc.

  5. Section 222 - May 28, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    Will Stras and JZimm be wearing black elbow bands the rest of the season in his honor?They should. Talk about an impact on the game and on the careers of individual players. Like Marvin Miller, the guy deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

  6. btharner - May 28, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Sometimes, the true stars in this sport do not wear a baseball uniform. RIP

  7. Less Platu - May 29, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    I hope Yocum had a Protégé,

  8. JaneB - May 29, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Very grateful to him, and for the care he gave. He should get into Cooperstown on the first ballot. If that's even possible.

  9. Caps Fan - May 29, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    " Like Marvin Miller, the guy deserves to be in the Hall of Fame."Yocum didn't invent Tommy John surgery, he just performed it. The guy who invented the surgery, Dr. Frank Jobe, and Tommy John himself are not in the Hall of Fame. No way Yocum belongs there if they're not there first.

  10. SonnyG10 - May 29, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    RIP Dr Yocum. I didn't know you but I'm saddened by your passing. Thank you for all you did for baseball.

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