Have not been here for a while, but last time you guys had some good input. My son is 11yo and plays almost year around. He was asked to help out a team for one tournament and said OK. He played mostly outfield, but was asked to start a game. While warming up he said his bicep muscle was a bit sore, a 2 out of 5 on his scale. Nothing in the elbow or shoulder, just the muscle itself. He pitched 2 innings, but the coach did not want to risk it. I felt OK with it, since it was not a sharp pain and not in either joint. His warmup consisted of playing catch, shagging some fly balls in the outfield and then going to the bullpen. I was not watching him (some buddies were hanging out and I went to have a beer with them), but he seemed to be following his “normal” routine. The one thing I have noticed is that he has not learned to start throwing easy then start to ramp it up as he warms up. He usually starts throwing at 80 to 90% right away. Also, there was no long toss before all this that I saw. He has pitched throughout his regular season and never experienced this He has thrown as may as 75 to 80 pitches in a 7 inning game, but only twice in a 16 game season, so I don’t think his arm is overworked. He has been doing some band exercises at the instruction of his pitching coach, but nothing else like light weights or anything like that. Since it is in the muscle itself, should I be concerned. I would be a little more likely, actually a LOT more likely, to tell him to stop if it was in the shoulder or elbow, but this is the first time he has had any pain at all. Is long toss on his days off a good idea?
Thanks guys, he is only 11 and I don’t want to see him cut short his time playing because of something that can be worked out now.
Also, he does not throw any curveballs or any breaking pitches at all. I told him, when he can shave, he can throw a curve ball. He has gotten by on fastballs, changeups and pitch location and mechanics.
Thanks again for any input you can give me.