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January 29, 2014 6:04 am

Painting the Black: Blistery Science Theater


R.J. Anderson

What makes for a blister-prone pitcher?

When it comes to pitching injuries, none is easier to relate to than the blister. Almost everyone has had one, which is more than can be written about a torn elbow ligament or a frayed labrum. Yet the accessibility and commonness of the blister hasn't led to a sea of information; pertinent details—like why certain pitchers seem predisposed to suffering from repeat cases, and how those pitchers can be identified ahead of time—remain unknown.

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