Pitchers and catchers have reported to spring training, which means Tommy John Season has begun.
Every February, Major League Baseball pitchers report to spring training “in the best shape of their lives,” yet they suffer arm injuries at higher rates than at any other time of the year. Why is that? Shouldn’t a winter of rest result in pitchers being at full strength, ready to take on the season? Why, instead, do so many pitchers wind up severely injuring their elbow or shoulder? Why do we hear so much about Tommy John surgery this time of year?
Of course, there is no one answer — it’s a combination of issues. But it doesn’t have to happen to you.