12 YO Who Only Throws Once Per Week Injures Arm Due to Overuse
DETROIT, MI—A local 12-year-old pitcher injured his arm this past week after his travel ball coach failed to keep him at a reasonable pitch count for the third weekend in a row. Known by his parents as the best pitcher from the Detroit area in four years, Andrew Keenan will have to sit out the next two weeks after a 45 pitch outing. Keenan’s parents are considering suing the coach for their son’s plummeting draft stock.
“We just can’t believe the coach would leave him in that long,” explained Andrew’s parents, “It’s like he doesn’t care about his future at all! This is unacceptable.”
Andrew’s weekly throwing regimen includes pitching once on the weekend, brief pre-game warmups, and playing two-ball in between games. He also gets a great finger and wrist workout in while playing Fortnite for hours each night. Due to his strenuous routine, his parents have come to the obvious conclusion that the coach is to blame.
“The kid’s parents are right. I thought staying within the pitch count rules was good enough, but clearly I was wrong,” admitted coach Jim McGee. “Last week I threw him 42 pitches, and I should’ve known his arm couldn’t handle that much work in a day.”
A local orthopedic doctor suggested that Andrew start throwing a baseball multiple times per week, warming up his shoulders beforehand and having at least one other intense throwing day besides the weekend. He also suggested doing arm recovery exercises after each throwing session. This revolutionary method of arm injury prevention, known as a “throwing plan” is starting to gain popularity amongst young pitchers. Time will tell if it actually works.