Injury: Torn UCL, Torn Glenoid Labrum, Torn Oblique
Accolades After Injury: 3x All-Star, 2005 NL Cy Young Award, 2009 NL Comeback Player of the Year, 2006 and 2011 World Series Champion
Chris Carpenter is the definition of heart. Tearing the glenoid labrum in the shoulder of your pitching arm is more than enough to make a pitcher call it quits. But Carpenter kept it all the way G and returned to the mound a year later after surgery in 2003. He really started killing it in '05, posting an impressive 213 strikeouts and a .283 ERA on his way to earning a spot on the NL All-Star team, and picking up the NL Cy Young Award in the process. He kept the heat on the following season making to the All-Star team for a second year straight, and later leading his team to a World Series Championship.
Everything started looking up for Carpenter, until he tore his UCL in the elbow of his pitching arm the following season, requiring Tommy John Surgery, causing him to miss the entire 2007 season. Two years later, Carpenter returned to form helping the St. Louis Cardinals win another title, and the 2009 Comeback Player of Year. Two major surgeries to your pitching arm in five years, 2 comebacks, and a bunch of hardware to show for it shows what determination can get you.