Long time reader first time poster. I am coaching a 9-10 yr. fall ball team that my 9 yr old playing 10u in the spring is playing on. He is very small for his age about 4’ 2 or 3" and weighs 52 - 54 lbs. We have taken him to an Endocrinoligist about his size and they have done xrays and state he is a late bloomer. His bone and growth plate age is 2.5 yrs. behind his physical age. Despite being so small he has a very strong arm especially for his size. Prob throwing 50 - 55 mph (never had a gun on it) and has the second highest velocity on the team despite being the smallest player. He had never pitched before so I thought I would give him a few innings in fall ball. He had a few lessons last fall and has decent form. Overall he probably threw 8 innings in a 12 - 14 game schedule. Never more than 2 innings in a row even though they do at times get long. His longest plate appearance has been prob less than 50 pitches.
So he tells me the other day warming up that when he throws he has a slight pain on the inside of his elbow. I remember having this pain growing up but it eventually went away. I did not pitch him that game. Yesterday playing catch in the yard he says it is still there and it doesnt hurt bad but does hurt with every throw. My thoughts are he probably needs some rest and downtime. We typically take 2 - 3 months off in the winter and dont even pick up a baseball but play allot in the Spring, Summer and Fall. He throws allot but pitches very little. He will typically throw a baseball for at least 45 minutes 4 days a week but doesnt spend but about 10 - 15 minutes 2 times a week practicing pitching. I am not in a hurry to put him on the mound full time.
So I told him he would not be pitching in our remaining 4 games and we will be limiting his throwing so that he can rest his arm. He will play 2nd all the time and will not see any more time at short or third.
Reading the boards I see allot about elbow pain and rest but can you guys give me some feedback? He states his arm feels fine, no pain at all, until he throws and then it is a slight pain. Thanks for the help!