My son plays on a 13-14yr old Jr. little league team. Last night our catcher couldn’t play so my son ended up catching. He caught 5 innings threw out 3 runners and was very active. The last inning as he is coming into the dugout the coach tells him to hussle down and warm up pitching. While he is throwing, the coach yells to him that he is up and my sons halls butt, graps his stuff and hits. He gets a single, steals 2nd, steals 3rd and then is driven in. Just as he gets in the last out is made and he has to head out to the mound. As he past me he was exhausted, and breathing really hard.
He struggled with his control that inning and walked 2, but ended up striking out the side giving up no runs. However, we had a very short top of the inning and he was right back out in about 5 mins. He walked another batter and then there were two errors. He started getting the ball over the plate but they started hitting him. You could see he just couldn’t get any velocity on the ball and he ended up giving up 4 runs (we were up by 2 before that). I had to tell the coach to take him out because I could see how much he was struggling. He ended up throwing 51 pitches in 2 innings!!!
My question is should a player catch for that many innings then be brought in to pitch? It was mentioned to me after the game that I should not allow them to do that in the futre because there is a very real risk of injury to the arm.
Let me say that I was not happy that he was used as a catcher for 5 innings and then brought in to pitch. It was a very warm night, in the 70s.
I just think that too much was asked of him and he took it very hard after the game. These were the first runs he had given up all season, in fact, he has not given up more than one hit an inning until last night.
Any thoughts on this?