Two recent MLB injuries due to headfirst slides should once again cause players to reevaluate the practice. The significant risks certainly outweigh the questionable rewards.
So much is written about injuries to the ligaments of pitchers’ elbows but less so about nerve irritation such as that resulting in Dodgers’ reliever Brian Wilson now being on the DL.
The two weeks of rest sound like a smokescreen to me, and like so many other pitchers who have already fallen to elbow issues at this early stage of the season, I wouldn’t expect Parnell to take the mound for the Mets until 2015.
Many have taken note of the epidemic of Tommy John surgeries in baseball of late, and the reason for it is both straightforward and enigmatic.
Understanding the nature of stress fractures and the progression that often occurs from stress-reaction injuries makes the explanation fairly straightforward.
It doesn’t take a medical degree to know that the walking boot currently sported by Ike Davis foreshadows a troubled early season for the Mets’ oft-injured first baseman.
Will the Yankees first baseman be more guarded batting from the left side? We’ll soon see for ourselves once he hits the field.
This is not a new course of care for the oft-injured star, who evidently underwent three cortisone injections and PRP treatment for bilateral ankle issues last season as well.
When Kobe Bryant returned to the court on December 8 following months of rehab on the repaired left Achilles he’d torn in April, he did so confidently – at least in words. In actions, not so much.
Whether or not Giants running back David Wilson is ultimately cleared to return to the field, his stenosis poses risks.
Though an MRI evidently did not reveal significant injury, and no specific diagnoses were made public, Cromartie is clearly not up to speed.
Having thoroughly assessed both Harvey’s injury and his recovery to date, the Mets’ medical staff may have two very different reasons for encouraging Harvey to pitch sooner rather than later.
Sanchez might be wise to rethink things. If he goes under the knife now, he is certain to avoid the lengthy cross-his-fingers-period.
If Matt Harvey was an everyday guy pitching in a Central Park league and he opted to try conservative management after partially tearing his ulnar collateral ligament, we wouldn’t give it a second thought. But he’s not.
After Mark Sanchez took a hard hit late in the Jets third pre-season game and landed on his right shoulder, initial reports were that he’d sustained a deep contusion, a bruise.