I pitched through consistent elbow pain for the better part of two years sitting 86-89. My doctor had diagnosed me with a strained UCL and said as long as I managed the pain I could keep pitching.
I used Acupuncture, icy hot and just about any other trick I the book to make my elbow feel normal, but no matter what I did it still felt terrible.
I went to Ken Akizuke, the San Francisco Giants' orthopedic surgeon for a second opinion in February. Within seconds of looking at my MRI he told me the UCL was torn, and I had been pitching with it for over a year.
It's been 5 months since my surgery now and I'm out to 105 feet in my throw get program. Throwing and arm strength have always been actual for me; I could get to 330 feet with the pain.
Anyone have experience with a similar situation/advice on what I should expect velo-wise on my return?