First let me say that I hope this is the right forum, as well as personally thank anyone who takes the time to read this. I have a feeling that this post could be a little long, but I’ll do my best to make it as short as possible.
The short of my question is how realistic would it be to get back into pitching after not playing for almost 5 years? I gave up the game of baseball at 15 years old because at the time I was suffering chronic knee pain and because I had just gotten a job to save money for a car.
Like I said I gave up pitching because of chronic pain in the knee of my stride leg. The pain was constant during any demanding use of the leg. Pitching on it was virtually impossible. I saw a couple of doctors about the knee and both of them gave me the same story. A couple of seasons before the knee pain started I was playing 3rd base and took a line drive off the inside of my left knee. My entire knee bruised immediately. I was pulled from the game and missed the next couple of games. In a bad decision on the part of my parents I was not taken to the doctor. The bruising went away in just a few days and we never thought much about it. A couple of years worth of pitching later I started to have pain in the knee. The doctors told me that I had a grade 3 MCL tear made worse since it was so long after the initial blow to the knee. I was told to wear a brace on the knee at all times unless I was taking a shower or sleeping. I have been pain free for about a year in the knee and have made a return visit to one of the doctors and the tear has healed itself. The doctor gave me the go ahead to attempt a return to the mound.
I’ve had baseball fever since I stopped playing, but it has become much more intense since I have been able to return to pain free physical activity. I’m currently going into my Junior year at a D-III college. Any advice on what it would take to make it as a walk-on so late into my college career and without touching the mound in so long or if the coach would even be willing to look at someone in my condition with a history of knee problems? Back when I was pitching I was bring a 4-seam fastball, 2-seam fastball, slider, splitter, and a 3-finger change. At age 15 I was hitting around 83-84 consistently with the fastball.