My 12 yo, 13 in a couple months really found his groove late last year. Everything came together and he was throwing accurately and with good velocity for his age. My wife and I had some issues with an older (75) rec league coach who didn’t buy into pitch counts and felt that letting him go over 80 was good for him and would increase pitching stamina. It made for an awkward relationship as we tried to respect him as the Head Coach but also look out for our son. I had to essentially demand that he take him out on 2 occasions, politely of course. The season ended and we were playing occasional tournaments with a travel team. Well, on one of these he pitched 30 on day 1 and then went 96 on day two. I got caught up in the close game and he had 14 strikeouts and I just made the irresponsible decision to let him go. Well, he said his elbow was sore afterwards. We didn’t throw at all for two weeks and then he had a scrimmage and said his elbow still hurt. We took him up to see a pediatric sports injury doc who xrayed both arms to compare and found nothing wrong as far as tear, fractures, etc…His diagnosis was a strain of the ligament that attaches to the elbow, the ligament that is responsible for Tommy John in more serious injuries.
I feel so awful. Now he is on the shelf for at least 6 weeks and then has a slow process back to pitching. Im just praying this won’t be something that follows him and increases his risk for further injury down the road.
Sorry, more of a confession than conversation.