Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
In an exhaustive look at Matt Harvey’s advanced stats and delivery, FanGraph’s Jeff Zimmerman says there were no red flags pointing to an injury issue with Harvey, “just a couple of slightly pink ones.”
“He was experiencing a small drop in velocity and may throw the ball too hard on a regular basis,” writes Zimmerman. However, “other pitchers do the same things daily and don’t tear their UCL.” Basically, he concludes, “His injury is just another example of a pitcher trying to do his best and his body not letting him.”
Rampant elbow and shoulder injuries to young pitchers is the biggest issue facing MLB right now, more than any PED witch hunt… and it’s not like it’s just the Mets. It’s myopic to act like the Mets are the only team with players on the DL or up for surgery. It’s a concern and reality for every team. I don’t know if the answer is throwing more not less or less not more, maybe it’s an obnoxious level of testing and communication (more than already occurs), maybe it starts in Little League and is the opposite of whatever they’re currently doing? I don’t know. I do know it’s bad for business, it makes life difficult for the team and player, and it further ruins the experience of being a fan.
The agents, MLBPA and teams really need to figure this out.
Will Carroll, a sportswriter specializing in medical issues, conducted a study for Bleacher Report that found that one-third of pitchers on Opening Day this season had Tommy John surgery at some point in their career.
In this week’s MetsBlog Q&Acast, pres. by Verizon, I talk with Carroll about Harvey’s situation, the ins and outs of Tommy John surgery; how Nolan Ryan and Adam Wainright faced a similar scenario; and how organizations try to protect their pitchers overall, and the slow adaptation by teams of biomechanics…