My son played in 2010 from March until late October (couple of months off in late summer). Threw 60 pitches/ weekly in game situations.
During fall ball he rarely pitched, as we concentrated on lower body emphasis. In 2 months he went from 48 mph to 56 mph, while maintaining his accuracy. He also had no pain at all during 2010.
We shut him down from November 2010 until February 2011.
Within 1 month of starting back conditioning/throwing, he was diagnosed w/ medial epincondilytis. The orthopedist didn’t think it too severe after reviewing the x-rays, and recommended normal light throwing to his teammates within the confines of practice.
I also had him use a elbow wrap which allowed him throw without any pain. Also had him ice up, post practice.
My son now has no pain at all, and is playing without the elbow sleeve. He’s also anxious to get back pitching. The Doctor has given his approval to begin pitching again.
Our team has a pitching staff of 8 boys, and we’re very conservative on pitch counts.
The ortho suggested resting him for 2 to 3 days after he pitches.
My thinking is to:
A) bring him back for 1 inning or 20 pitches per game and no more than 40 game pitches a week or…
B) don’t pitch him at all until May rolls around with its warmer weather.
Any feedback would be appreciated.