I had an interesting conversation with one of my wife's consulting physicians (she's a SNF Administrator) about my son. He's a sports medicine guy, and so I brought up my son as a topic of conversation. He actually consults with the IMG baseball program in Bradenton, so he's got a really good reputation.
Over the last month and a half of the season, G suffered from a lack of velocity. I'd say he probably dropped 5 mph off of his fastball, which took him from almost unhittable at this age to "just" good. (There aren't many 8 year old kids that can turn around a 50 mph fastball.) His 41-42 mph change up was devastating on the heels of a fastball with some heat on it.
There wasn't a single event, an acute injury, that happened but he did mention a few times that the top of his shoulder "felt pinched" and was sore. We'd stop throwing and take the rest of the day off, and then move on. Arm pain is nothing new to baseball players, but it's all within a range of acceptability - or so I thought.
Back to the good doctor, he said that G should completely quit all overhead activity (i.e., absolutely no throwing). He said the he wants to see my son the next time he's in town, which is three weeks. He said that, based on what I explained, that he felt like my son had an impingement. He explained that with rest and a good strengthening program he should fully recover and regain that lost velocity, but he could make no definitive statements until he evaluated my son.
Over the last few weeks, G hasn't even picked up a baseball. I decided that I wanted him to make a clean break from the sport and to just go be a kid for a while. He's in Oklahoma right now on vacation with his grandparents, and so he hasn't done anything with the sport (part of the plan).
The off season plan has been underway: 1.) His sister, who is a competitive dancer, has been working his ass off with stretching - we're trying to increase his flexibility over the summer, and he's off to a good start. 2.) When he returns, he's going to start a one month workout plan (given by a professional trainer) that's designed to strengthen his lower body and core and to increase his explosiveness. 3.) He's going to go to the field once a week for fielding and hitting when he gets back, and then we'll ramp it up the last week of July (as long as the doctor gives us the okay). 4.) He's going to play a rec sport at the Y, but he hasn't decided what he wants to play yet.
All of the is dependent on what the good doctor says, which of course might change everything. At this point, I bet the hes going to be fine with a strength program designed to increase stability and power in that shoulder of his. I hope I'm right.
(And there are still teams going full bore. The World Series is this weekend, and the teams would have to play at least seven games in three days with the winner playing as many as 10 depending. You want to know why there are so many injuries with baseball pitchers? You shouldn't.)
Live with egrets, not regrets.