As the Baseball season nears it’s sobering to dwell on some statistics.
In the past 5 years MLB pitchers have spent 14,232 days on the DL. In that time MLB Teams have spent $193,503,317 dollars on their salaries during their recoveries. That is a heavy toll on inidivuals and teams which ever way you dice it.
When you watch the video clip you will see a surgeon discussing what brings about the need for Tommy John surgery and he opines that nothing can be done to prevent it.
At the same time there is a group of sports scientists and biomechanics-promoting coaches who, using high-speed video analysis have determined that the sport is continuing to ignore what is now known about arm-saving science.
There seems to be a growing awareness at junior levels of the sport that young pitchers need to be watched and coached so they develop their skill using what is now known about preventing future arm injuries.
But when great pitchers reaches the Major League all anyone can think about is maximizing whatever they are doing now that helps the team win and that may include time on the DL. For a detailed discussion of this go to ESPN The Magazine. COMMENT on the uselessness of doing the same thing and getting the same result.