Overuse of young pitchers fueling MLB's Tommy John surgery problem

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Jameson Taillon will miss the entire 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery at age 22.

Jameson Taillon will miss the entire 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery at age 22.

Matt Moore left his April 7 start with an elbow injury that will require Tommy John surgery.

Matt Moore left his April 7 start with an elbow injury that will require Tommy John surgery.

The scout can look at the wonder of the prodigy -- a 17-year-old kid with top-end major league velocity -- and dream on it. He sees a first-round pick. A future ace. What he doesn't want to see is what people like Fleisig see. It is an image that is becoming more and more common: A rubber band about to break.