I’m about 99.9% sure about what caused me to have Tommy John’s. I would have had no idea, but House is pretty good at his job. I used to pitch off the far right side of the rubber with about half my foot off the rubber. I should add I’m a righty. Well my drag line ended up about 8 inches from there and probably 18 inches from the centerline. Add to that the fatigue of throwing 130 pitches 3 days earlier, and you’ve got a good recipe for injury.
I was my teams workhorse pitching exactly 1/3 of the innings (44 game season) during the season. I’m not saying I was overpitched though. I thought they handled me very well, but I just had that big problem. House corrected two things on me when I first saw him. (1) My positioning on the mound, and (2) he wanted me to go faster to home. I have since had no elbow pain when I throw. And for that matter, no real shoulder pain either.
I followed Dr. Andrews program as closely as I possibly could. I hardly ever missed a workout. It’s a very long, grueling process, but if you’re serious about baseball you gotta do it. I’m still doing physical therapy. (I’ve got it tomorrow. :lol: ) When people as smart and as experienced as Dr. Andrews tells you to do something, it’s probably a good idea to do it. On the ITP, (Interval Throwing Program) I advanced very quickly. At 6 months, I was around two weeks ahead of schedule. Well, that is till I realized that there really isn’t a schedule at all. You never know when you are going to come back if you do at all. I’m not quite ready, but I’m hoping by season I’ll be 100%.