Backfield Banter: Phillies/Blue Jays

Notes from May 5, 2018. Extended Spring Training in Dunedin, FL. Nate Pearson had started in an XST game on May 1.  He was nowhere to be found.  Went to the Threshers/Jays game that night and he was charting pitches with today's SP, Patrick Murphy.  I think he will start in Dunedin tomorrow.  He is …

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Thursday in the Therapy Room: Confessions of a Prospect Junkie

I never thought I would see the day when I got more out of watching minor league baseball than MLB.  While going to games and being outside is much preferable to sitting on my couch, I knew I had a problem when I delayed a chance to see Avengers: Infinity War to see Bryse Wilson.  …

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A brief overview of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and baseball pitchers

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) in the overhead thrower is a rare and potentially career ending pathology.  Due to the violent nature that pitching places on the surrounding soft tissue structures of the shoulder and neck, hypertrophy of the surrounding tissues can cause compressive forces on the neurovascular structures.  Symptoms include pain, weakness, fatigue, numbness in …

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Josh Donaldson has a dead arm. But what does that mean?

The rumors that Josh Donaldson has been dealing with throwing issues surfaced nationally on opening day.  Donaldson continually exhibited weakness in throwing across the diamond. His throws lacked the velocity and accuracy required to play 3rd base. As fans and media alike wondered what was going on with Donaldson, both he and manager John Gibbons …

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Shane McLanahan’s pitch sequencing against Fordham 2/23/18

Shane McLanahan of the University of South Florida has been lights out to start the season.  The redshirt Sophomore has thrown 18 IP with 32 K's and 7 BB.  5 of the free passes came on opening night against University of North Carolina.  While Fordham and Columbia, the next two opponents he dominated are not …

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Bottom of the 9th Baseball Podcast: Episode 2 – Rays firesale, Honeywell injury, Whitley suspension, and our fave non-roster invitees

Episode 2 Jason Pennini (@jasonpennini) and I discuss the ongoing Rays garage sale in the opening and then move onto the Honeywell injury.  We discuss causes of Tommy John and I elaborate on overuse at a young age and the need for young ball players to play other sports in order to improve athleticism.  We …

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