Hey guys, 19 y/o lefty currently playing ball at the JUCO level in Florida. I transferred to my school from a Division 3 this year. Topped out at 86, sit 80-84 (?)
My problem is this: I feel that with virtually zero exposure to any D1 schools, I pretty much HAVE to throw at least 3-4 MPH harder consistently. I have a pretty good idea of what to do to increase velocity. Unfortunately my elbow has been hurting pretty consistently for about 4 months (my diagnosis is UCL, which I hurt a couple years ago and I don’t think it ever healed completely). I don’t feel like I have the time to rest my arm to heal my arm completely and I need to gain velo (ideally in my mind by the beginning of spring id be able to touch 89+) but I doubt I can just long toss, use weighted balls, etc. without suffering some kind of consequences.
I pretty much just wanted to get my thoughts straight on the matter and see what you guys think about my situation! Thanks!
Make time, and see an orthopedic specialist—get X-rays and an MRI. Whatever is going on with your arm,it needs to be taken care of ASAP.
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Unfortunately my elbow has been hurting pretty consistently for about 4 months (my diagnosis is UCL, which I hurt a couple years ago and I don’t think it ever healed completely). I don’t feel like I have the time to rest my arm to heal my arm completely.[/quote]
It did not heal completely the last time probably because - like now - you “don’t feel like I have the time to rest my arm to heal it completely”. Go see an orthopedic doctor trained in sports medicine and heal the arm NOW. An injured arm that is not completely healed remains an injured arm. The injury will likely become exacerbated and end your pitching career.
In order to keep playing you will need to get that arm taken care of. Your velocity will not increase until your elbow can support the increased force. It is likely the fastest way for your to gain speed is to get the arm healed completely. It is almost certain that you will not get any increase until you do. So the path to pain free throwing and increased velocity is the same. See an orthopedic and get it fixed.
What are your long term goals for baseball and education? Find the best school that allows you to fulfill both those goals. It might not be D1. Find the best solution for you no matter the division.
Please, Get the arm taken care of.