• It is nice to see the American Journal of Sports Medicine was able to verify my concussion work with zero reference to my four-year-old study.
• Last week, I noticed Jon Lester (-1.5 mph) and Hyun Ryu (-2 mph) lost velocity compared to last season. Both are now dealing with arm issues.
Lester is dealing with a dead arm and it happens regularly with him.
“You can ask every pitcher; it’s an every-year thing for everybody. It’s nothing out of the ordinary.”
There is no pain or discomfort, according to Lester.
“It’s one of those things that you have to go through to understand,” he said. “It doesn’t feel like anything. It’s more total body deadness, and everybody puts a label on it as far as ‘dead arm.’ It’s nothing to be alarmed about. There’s no point in trying to grind through it right now. These games don’t mean anything. If it was April 15, it wouldn’t be an issue.”
Ryu is dealing with soreness in his throwing shoulder which will cause him to start the season on the DL.
Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was sent to Los Angeles on Sunday to have his injured left shoulder examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, and manager Don Mattingly conceded that the left-hander will start the season on the disabled list.
Ryu attempted to play catch Sunday, four days after receiving a cortisone injection for the type of shoulder stiffness that sidelined him twice last year, but the discomfort returned.
Mattingly said Ryu reported immediate improvement from the injection but was barely able to lob the ball during a brief session of catch.
Just a reminder that pitchers don’t intentually throw slower without a reason.
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