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May 16, 2014

Raising Aces

The Injury Puzzle

by Doug Thorburn


In a season that has been beset by pitcher injuries, the loss of the game's most electrifying ace, Jose Fernandez, was the straw that broke the collective heart of the baseball universe. How did it come to this?

One of the missions of Raising Aces is to explain the why and the how behind pitcher performance. There are known reasons why a pitcher might be missing his spots, and we understand how he creates movement on his pitches. Unfortunately, we’re far from identifying concrete truths about why and how a given pitcher gets seriously injured.

By day I’m a mild-mannered educator, and right now we’re knee-deep in finals preparation. One of the most useful strategies that I employ with the students is “to know what you don't know.” The method requires an honest analysis of one's strengths and weaknesses, with the goal of isolating potential problem areas in order to optimize the learning process. When we bring this method to bear on the baseball world, it’s important that we appreciate and accept the current state of injury evaluation, in which there are far more questions than answers.

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