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Casey Mize out Friday vs. Arkansas

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55 minutes ago, wareagle13 said:

I'm glad you were able to escape injury, and you're right Mechanics are probably the single most important determinant risk factor for ending up with a UCL tear needing Tommy John Surgery. Second only to year round baseball. The debate around more innings or less innings, more conditioning or more rest, can be traced back to the rise of sports specialization.

Any sport puts stress on your body. Stress is a good thing in the right doses. You need stress to challenge your body, strengthen it, harden it, and test it's limits. But the body also requires rest, long periods of rest necessary for growth. If you were 5'5" in the middle of a growth spurt and are supposed to grow 5 inches, and someone made you sleep in a box that was only 5'8" long, what do you think your maximum height would be? Closer to 5'8" than 5'10" for sure. Pitching, even with proper mechanics, puts a lot of torque stress on your elbow and shoulder. So basically you are putting micro-tears in your tendon every time you throw a ball hard enough (like strength training it's not inherently bad and used to develop strength). Putting those tears so young in your elbow causes the tendon to strengthen, but strength often makes it more difficult to stretch. So the tendon doesn't stretch and grow as long but the arm might continue to lengthen. So now you've got a longer arm, with a strong but shortened tendon that's getting year round abuse and can't compensate as well and can't rest as long.

That's my theory as to why we are seeing the rise in tommy john surgery in youth baseball.

tl;dr: increased sports specialization is creating insurmountable stress (even with the best mechanics) causing the elbow not to develop correctly leading to susceptible individuals for UCL tear.  

Well said.  I too think year round baseball is not a good thing.  Fall ball was non existent when I was a kid.  Now you finish the spring season, have a two week break and then jump into fall ball.  Crazy.  When I was in college, my coach would tell us not to pick up a ball after the season was over for at least two weeks.

You're absolutely right though, their arms never have a break if you are going from 1 season to another.

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7 hours ago, steeleagle said:

I think CBT is protecting these pitchers because he knows and wants them to make it to MLB...and not make it because their college coach overworked them...He is protecting their future career and i appreciate that...

Bottom line.  

This guy is as good as it gets as a coach.  I'm not saying he's perfect, but he does EVERYTHING right.  If you've ever played for a guy like that you know these kids will give him everything they've got.  Just really like where this program is.  Now Butch just needs to coach 'em to two wins this weekend.

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AUBURN – A bullpen session on Wednesday will determine whether Auburn ace pitcher Casey Mize takes the baseball this weekend at Mississippi State.

Auburn’s baseball coaching staff confirmed Monday morning that Mize, the Southeastern Conference leader in strikeouts, will throw off a mound for the first time since April 14 at Tennessee in a bullpen session under the supervision of Auburn head coach Butch Thompson.

Thompson removed Mize (6-1, 1.23) would be removed from the active roster last weekend after the Auburn head coach expressed concerns at possible arm fatigue and soreness with the sophomore right-handed pitcher.

Butch Thompson pulled off a similar roster move nearly a month ago by resting then-Friday night ace starting pitcher Keegan Thompson for the weekend series against South Carolina. Keegan Thompson then threw a bullpen session in the middle of the following week before being placed back in the weekend rotation.

It is anticipated Mize would be slotted back into the Saturday role behind Keegan Thompson (5-1, 1.48) and before freshman Montgomery native Davis Daniel (3-2, 4.14) in its weekend starting rotation.

Even after missing his first start of the 2017 season, Mize still leads the SEC in strikeouts and it’s anticipated he’ll be given a start in one of the three games at No. 10 Mississippi State (28-14, 13-6 in SEC) this weekend in a battle between two teams at the top of the league standings.

Auburn (30-12, 12-6 in SEC) has won each of the two series without Mize and Thompson, who were both nominated for the 2017 Golden Spikes Award given to the nation’s best player. Mize and Keegan Thompson are the only SEC teammates who currently feature a below 2.00 ERA this season.

“It shows we’re a pretty good team,” Auburn senior reliever Andrew Mitchell said Sunday following the 11-6 win. “We took two of three without one of our best pitchers in both weekends and when you have all three, it shows how dangerous we can be.”

Butch Thompson has been public over the last month that he’ll continue to be hesitant to push any of his weekend rotation starting pitchers including (Keegan Thompson, Mize and Daniel) in order to have the trio at optimal level when NCAA Regional play begins in less than two months.

“I’m not so sure we’re not going to do the same with Davis Daniel in a couple of weeks,” Butch Thompson said. “He’s pitching the ball good. These three guys are imperative to us having the best possible team we can have and we’re aware of that.”

 

 

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I’m not so sure we’re not going to do the same with Davis Daniel in a couple of weeks,” Butch Thompson said. “He’s pitching the ball good. These three guys are imperative to us having the best possible team we can have and we’re aware of that.”

I really hope he does.  Brilliant on every level if you can pull it off.

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8 minutes ago, PowerOfDixieland said:

I’m not so sure we’re not going to do the same with Davis Daniel in a couple of weeks,” Butch Thompson said. “He’s pitching the ball good. These three guys are imperative to us having the best possible team we can have and we’re aware of that.”

I really hope he does.  Brilliant on every level if you can pull it off.

Seems like Bama next weekend would be the perfect time to Rest Daniel for the stretch run if it's to be done.

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