Arm injuries are at an all-time high in baseball, and teams are doing more work than ever to figure out why – and to figure out how to get an edge, medically, on other organizations. More than 50% of pitchers end up on the DL each year, on average for 2+ months, and 25% of MLB pitchers have undergone Tommy John surgery.
On this episode of Hardball Society, Phil Mackey and Justin Musil dive into the arm injury epidemic – with help from Yahoo! MLB columnist Jeff Passan, who authored the book, “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports,” and Dan Christoffer, a former Los Angeles Dodgers organization trainer who currently works in the Mayo Clinic sports medicine department.
Topics covered on this episode:
– Is it possible for scouts to spot arm injuries before they actually happen?
– In Jeff’s time spent researching and writing this book, what made him stop and think the most?
– Stories about how pitchers like Sandy Koufax dealt with sore elbows before Tommy John surgery was prevalent
– How much do pitch counts matter? How much does velocity matter?
– What do teams know, and what are they still trying to quantify when it comes to arm injuries?
– What will pitching staffs look like in the future? (From pitch counts… to rotations… etc.)
– MUCH more!