Friday, August 27, 2010

Stephen Strasburg the inevitable

The Washington wonderkind has a torn UCL and is to have Tommy John surgery.

This is to be expected. Pitchers get hurt. Young pitchers doing things even other major league pitchers cannot do, get hurt even more often. Major arm injuries are a lot more common than Hall-of-Fame careers for 22-year-old superstar pitchers.

There is, I theorize, a genetic limit to what ligaments and tondons can tolerate, and 90 mph changeups exceed that limit.

More specifically, there are reasons to believe that Strasburg's delivery is part of the problem.

Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing what the critics of his workload — and specifically Rob Dibble and Sen. Jim Bunning — have to say about this.

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