Your rehab will involve a supporting diet and lot of hydration(fluids). Don’t be surprised if your water intake increases noticeably. Water will allow the nutrients and other processes of the body to assist in the healing and restructuring process from the operation. In addition, if you’re put on medication, hydration(water) is a side-by-side partner to your medication.
You more than likely will be put on a baseline of activity - exercises and charting yourself for certain moves and motions, discomfort tracking, and all kinds of feedback on how your medication is helping your recovery.
You do not want to be your own doctor or trainer here. You’ll need to follow every aspect of your recovery for quality of life issues - NOT PITCHING. You don’t want to “wing” it, from here on out, only to find out when your 50, there’s a lot that you can’t do. This surgery is going to impact other parts of your body. Other body functions are going to kick-n, trying to take up the slack of that part that was injured and had to have surgery. Your going to be doing a lot more with the other side of your body, and your back. Don’t let this slip your attention span. So, don’t force it.
Pay attention to every aspect of your recovery plan - it’s that important.
As far as pitching is concerned - first establish a baseline of where you were before. You’re starting all over again. For instance - you’ll have to refit yourself how a baseball feels in the hand, how your shoulders rotate and move back and forth, how flexible are your shoulder’s radius, and so on. But - under no circumstances will you do so on your own. You must be cleared and then given limits. Make sure your physician knows that your pitch - even better yet, a physician that treats athletes. And going hand-n-hand, a therapist that also deals with athletes, especially those that throw - pitchers/ballplayers, quarterbacks, javelin, shot puts, discus, etc.
With respect to addressing your question head on - don’t concern yourself with velocity. Your recovery back to as normal is your only priority.
On a final note, you must be very proactive here for yourself. Very few amateurs have the insight into the why and what orbiting this kind of injury. Most, if not all, leave the entire process up to the medical people involved. Don’t go there. Use the body of the remarks that I mentioned above to give you some idea of the questions that you should ask from the professionals that are helping you. You want timely direction:
- When should I expect to reach each level of recovery?
- What will those levels of recovery be for me?
- Are there things that I should be aware of that spell trouble for me?
- Who should I respond to with advice on how I’m doing so far, and what should I say?
- How many people are in the loop here? Should they all be on the same page with my progress?
In addition, you are an amateur, a youngster that is trying to grow and develop a total person. You’re going to go job hunting soon, career building, perhaps settle down and be the bread winner for a family. THESE are your priorities now. Don’t be pushed into “taking one for the team”. If you play college ball, some coahes can be very impressive and dynamic, “bringing you around” to see things their way. Be careful here. The only team that you have now is the one that’s waiting for you in the world of life. So be careful with yourself, use reasonable common sense, and trust your gut feelings. Your folks can be your greatest supporters right about now.
I sincerely wish you the best with your recovery.
I’m not suggesting to drop baseball - just be reasonable with yourself.