Many hospitals are postponing surgeries that are considered to be non-life-threatening at this point due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but does that same principle apply to Major League Baseball players? It doesn't seem that way.
A few notable pitchers need to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair their elbows, including Boston's Chris Sale, New Yorks' Noah Syndergaard and San Francisco's Tyler Beede. They'll miss the entirety of the 2020 season, but if they don't get the surgery sooner rather than later, the 2021 season could be in jeopardy as well.
One of the nation's leading Tommy John surgeon, Neal ElAttrache, defended players having the surgery even though COVID-19 concerns are growing.