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Stephen Strasburg Underplays Soreness

Steven StrassbergThe news out of the Washington Nationals’ “Strasburg Watch” is that he won’t miss a start in spite of the slight stiffness and soreness reported in his throwing forearm after Tuesday’s game, in which he threw 93 pitches. Though by all accounts Strasburg’s elbow and arm are structurally sound, even Scott Boras, Strasburg’s agent had acknowledged the symptoms, which Manager Davey Johnson said might be due to a nerve irritation from the electrical stimulation used pre-game. Though I’ve no first hand knowledge of the situation, I highly doubt the treatment was the cause.

Mark Teixeira: No Slam Dunk To Return In 8-10 Weeks

196px-Mark_Teixeira_basepaths_2011So, as expected, the two weeks initially projected for Mark Teixeira to rest and rehab his wrist injury has morphed into a likely eight to ten-week recovery period; That is certainly more realistic and still no slam-dunk. The strain was identified as being to Teixeira’s ECU, or extensor carpi ulnaris tendon. Brian Cashman was quoted as saying that “treatment is four weeks of no activity and then four to six weeks of getting him going, which is dry swings and eventually the tee, and then toss and then batting practice and spring training.

Ulnar Fractures in Major League Baseball

grandersonWith injuries currently reported for 125 MLB players, a number of teams are already forced to rethink their opening lineups. The aging Yankees, contribute nine to the list, most in the majors. The Seattle Mariners is the only team that has not reported an injury to date. 69 of those not able to participate fully in spring training are pitchers, while another pitcher, Bartolo Colon is finishing out a 50-game suspension and will return on April 6. Some of the less acutely injured are expected to be in action by opening day, though, as is typical of recovery prognostications, optimism reigns, so don’t hold your breath.

The hot injury of the young spring training season appears to be ulnar fractures. First it was Curtis Granderson, who throws right-handed but bats left, and was hit on the right forearm on February 24th by the first pitch he faced in a spring training game.

Astounding Number Of Tommy John Surgeries In 2012

200px-IMG_1341_José_ContrerasAn astounding thirty-one major league pitchers underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and another, 40 year-old Jose Contreras, was diagnosed in June with a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and flexor pronator in his throwing elbow. Three other pitchers continue to ramp up their rehab from UCL reconstructions performed in 2011 by pitching this month in simulated games, in the instructional league and in the minors. These figures do not include those who returned to major league competition in 2012 following earlier surgeries.

The ulnar collateral ligament is the primary stabilizer of the elbow.

Fixing The Flexor Tendon

colby lewisThere are a total of nine muscles located in the palm side of the forearm. Some play a role in flexing the wrist or fingers, while others rotate (pronate or supinate) the forearm. Some of these also assist with bending the elbow. These muscles are divided into three layers and the five in the outermost (superficial) and middle layers all attach at the inner elbow in what is known as a common flexor tendon.

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