For those who don’t know, january 2017 (about 15 months ago), I had a TJ alternative called an internal brace procedure for my UCL at Andrew’s Institute in Birmingham. I had been working through a nagging on and off ligament sprain for 6+ months prior to electing to get the surgery (had not responded to 3 months of rest and rehab). It was a minor sprain that I could throw through but was nagging and wouldn’t go away. This alternative surgery is supposed to be a 6 month recovery, and 5 months after surgery my ligament felt as strong as ever and I was right on track for the rehab throwing timeline (where I was sitting 96-97+ in June in the previous posts). For me, the issue was the nerve transposition where I was putting an incredible amount of stress through that nerve which was the weak link as it needed time to re sheath and strengthen after being moved during the surgery.
I believe that process is close to being done, and I am ramping back into higher effort throwing. I was really hoping to be ready for this season but that’s just not in the cards.
I’m 26, obviously a low slot lefty, and having shown the ability to sit upper 90s indoors in turfs I am still quite confident that the long term plan is in place. I’m looking forward to my body holding together so I can get back to regular pens and get back to throwing my offspeed (my 78-82 mph slider from pro ball should get a nice bump now that I’m sitting 5+ mph harder).
Just putting an update here to let you guys know the journey continues!
By the way, realized I didn’t ever post video here, so here’s some footage from one of the summer bullpens. I refused to watch my own mechanics over the summer and had my training partner filming these pens, but he lost most of the footage when his phone broke. Here’s what I’ve got: https://youtu.be/-NIvwbT2U2E