The Throw Center

Retrieved form the Internet May 2, 2007


On this list, there were 142 players that went on the MLB DL list.
On this MLB DL list there are 94 total injuries that were incurred while throwing a ball.
68 were pitchers.
11 were hamstring injuries, 2 groin pulls, 6 oblique injuries and 1 abdomen injury.

The New York Yankees just fired their strength training coach the week of  May 1, 2007 for they have had four pitchers go on the DL with hamstring injuries this season.

Retrieved from the Internet May 2, 2007

151 players went on the MLB DL
87 injuries were from throwing a ball.
There were 24 surgeries listed or recovering from a surgery.
18 of these surgeries were on pitchers.
14 were elbow surgeries
8 were shoulder surgeries
1 surgery to the forearm
1 surgery to remove bone chips from the elbow.
There were 9 hamstring injuries and four were on pitchers.

The day you look up the MLB DL, it will change from day to day.  More will be added and some will be removed.  Some will leave baseball for their rehabilitation after their time on the DL did not relieve the pain.

We throw and hit from the power in our legs.  A baseball player has to havestrong and durable legs.  The fastest way to build the legs is by running up hill. One year, one of my fastest center fielders missed 3 to 4 games his junior year in high school with a hamstring injury. I searched for information, and the best idea I found was to have him wear tight panty hose. I like to have full range of motion drills that relate to moves a baseball player makes.  The next year, we began each workout with running to the top of the football stands 6 times.  This eliminated all hamstring injuries, groin pulls and quadriceps injuries.

All of the throwing injuries listed above are caused by errors in a player’s throwing biomechanics and their form can be corrected.  When throwing from you natural throwing groove, you can throw all day with no stress, pain, soreness or threat of injuries.  There are a thousand ways to throw incorrectly but only one way to throw correctly.

Notice that all catchers look like they came from the same mold when throwing to second base.  All infielders look the same when making the long hard throw, or even the rushed throw on the run.   Pitchers look like a covey of quail scattering after the hunter stirs the up.  I hope one day all pitchers can look alike and eliminate all throwing injuries.  The collision injuries are going to happen from the desire to be the best in the field trying for the ball with all kinds of circus catches and running into the wall to get the out. 

These can’t be prevented.