Pitching baseballs in upwards of 90 miles per hour puts incredible strain on your body. It is shocking to read but it’s true. Consider all the tiny bones and ligaments tasked with bending, twisting, and rubbing to execute this most difficult feat.
Sometimes, it takes time – a lifetime of bullpen sessions and 30 pitch-innings and 200 inning season after 200 inning season before your body begins to say “uncle.” Such is the case with Roy Halladay, who experienced some freakish injuries throughout his career but now looks to be fully breaking down. In the midst of his second consecutive disappointing season, Roy Halladay went to the disabled list today with shoulder inflammation.
Right now, Gavin Floyd would kill for a little shoulder inflammation.
The White Sox right-hander is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery tomorrow to “repair the ulnar collateral ligament and a torn flexor muscle in his right arm” according to the Chicago Tribune. This after the White Sox discovered a muscle tear in addition to his elbow soreness.
This is a huge blow for Floyd, as the double whammy of arm injuries should keep him out for 14-19 months. Nearly two full seasons, putting his 2014 season in doubt.
Between his precise long-term injury and the nebulous nature of Halladay’s shoulder, the bicep tendinitis believed to be holding Andrew Bailey back seems like child’s play. It isn’t, as the oft-injured Bailey will attest, but it doesn’t call the Red Sox pitcher’s entire future into question.
DL stint can be backdated to Monday, 4/29, with Bailey eligible to come off on May 14 (one week from tomorrow)
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) May 6, 2013
Pitching is hard. A pitcher like Halladay already defied the odds in compiling 2700 career innings, that he was still considered one of the best in the game for so long is basically miraculous. Gavin Floyd’s resume pales in comparison to Halladay’s award-studded career but he is headed intro free agency. Looking for a payday after missing essentially two years will require at least one bounce-back year on a pillow contract.
I don’t wish the terrifying solitude of rehab on anyone, let alone an extra six months worth facing an ensure future beyond it. Good luck, Gavin.