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Seeing as pitching over a long period of time isn’t exactly healthy for any part of your throwing arm, it’s no surprise pitchers’ injury woes tend to get a lot of attention year in and year out.That problem has reached new heights this year, however.
Through games played Sunday, July 1 an incredible 230 starting pitchers have already been used by MLB’s 30 teams, according to Peter Gammons of MLB.com.
Only 272 starting pitchers were used all of last season and only 273 were used in 2010.
Among the starting pitching problems this season, per Gammons:
- New York Yankees recently placing both CC Sabathia and Andy Pettite on the disabled list
- Toronto Blue Jays losing three starters in the same week
- Colorado Rockies going to an insane four-man, very low pitch count rotation to make up for injuries
There are numerous reasons players, coaches, trainers and front office personnel give for the increase in pitchers breaking down — overworked arms, straining shoulders and elbows by throwing too many breaking balls at a young age, too much weight lifting — but no one has been able to find a permanent solution.
The Texas Rangers were supposed to have gone back to the old-school “throw as much as possible” routine under owner Nolan Ryan’s tutelage but not even they are immune, using 10 starters so far this season.
Unless of course, pitching is so strenuous on a human being’s body that no training, medical and/or technological advancement will make it any less harmful.
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