Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek will take part in a roundtable discussion about the rise of pitching-related injuries (SI.com, May 6).
The one-hour special, titled MLB Network Roundtable: The Pitching Dilemma, will air Saturday at 4 p.m. ET and feature a conversation between Bob Costas, Jim Kaat, John Smoltz, Tom Verducci, Altcheck, pitching expert Tom House and Dr. James Andrews.
“The basic thing that parents out there and coaches and players alike need to know is if you throw with fatigue at a young age, you have a 36-to-1 chance of injuring your shoulder or elbow,” Dr. Andrews says during the special. “What we really found out is that [high school patients] only had one week off each year from competitive baseball and that one week was – you could guess what – between Christmas and New Year’s. So they’re playing year-round baseball – that’s the number one risk factor in youth baseball.”
Matt Harvey, Bobby Parnell and Jeremy Hefner all underwent Tommy John surgery during the last year.
In 2014, to date, 15 pitchers, including Parnell, underwent the procedure, which follows 19 in 2013 and 36 in 2012.