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Syndergaard was criticized for having the surgery, which was completed in Florida. Alonso took issue with a Sports Illustrated article in particular which pondered whether it was ethical for superstar baseball athletes to have the procedure in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak.
“Who is to judge someone’s medical needs in order to perform their job,” Alonso tweeted. “Noah’s surgery, or any other athlete’s surgery during this time shouldn’t be scrutinized considering it is done by orthopedic surgeons, not those on the frontlines battling this pandemic.
“Medical supplies are high in demand. The issue isn’t Noah needing surgery and getting it. The issue I have is that the tone of this article suggests that players are making the decisions to get surgeries.”
Alonso continued, saying no athlete wants to get surgery and then have to go through the long and arduous recovery process. He also took issue with medical experts speaking out on the surgery when they weren’t involved in Syndergaard’s diagnosis.
The Hospital for Special Surgery in West Palm Beach, Fla., where Syndergaard’s procedure was done, told Sports Illustrated that it was determined the surgery was “essential” after “using rigorous medical criteria as a guide.”
Pete Alons defended Noah Syndergaard on Monday. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale also had Tommy John surgery. Sale’s procedure on Monday took place in Los Angeles, where he needed to wait 11 days because of doctor availability in the region as they battle the coronavirus.
“Under normal circumstances, we might have been able to have it happen a little bit sooner,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom told reporters. “We know that this is not life and death. … It’s apples and oranges with this versus when you talk about something that’s life-threatening.”