I know normally I talk about how certain mechanical or muscular flaws can be a cause of injury in pitchers. Today however I wanted to give some really quick and easy ways to prevent injuries. Too many highly talented and well paid major league pitchers have been placed on the DL secondary to these types of easily preventable injuries. So I came up with 5 quick tips of things I see all the time and I wish guys would just stop doing.
Ok here we go.
#1 – DON’T BAT LEFT HANDED IF YOU ARE A RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Tim Lincecum bats left handed, exposing his $12M /year arm to a 95 mph fastball. Why would you do this? Its not like his bat is a great contributing factor to the giants offense. This really makes no sense to me. You can’t be that much better left handed than you are right handed. Bat righty Timmy, don’t take that chance.
#2 – RAILINGS ARE NOT FOR JUMPING OVER
# 3 – DON’T GET ANGRY
We all know Brian Wilson has a crazy streak in him, and that’s why we all love him. But last year when he took his rage out on an innocent Gatorade tub with a bat, we all cringed. The last thing giants fans needed was Wilson to be out with a strained shoulder from swinging that bat in rage.
Other pitchers have broken hands from punching walls when upset. Bottom line – don’t get angry you’ll just get hurt.
# 4 – WATCH YOUR STEP
We have seen this so many times; pitchers or position players running in from the field into the slippery dugout and down those oh-so-difficult steps. One slip and fall later and they are on the DL for a sprained ankle or back injury. Just read the sign boys and watch your step.
# 5 – DON’T WARM UP 100 FEET FROM THE PLATE
I love ATT&T park. It is my favorite place on the planet. However, I’m waiting for the day someone warming up in the bullpen gets nailed by a foul line drive down the line. Its unnecessary; build our boys a pen !!
So five simple ways to prevent injuries in pitchers.
Don’t worry next week I’ll be back to writing the nerdy stuff.
Happy Friday everyone, and GO GIANTS.