Zack Wheeler Didn’t Need Tommy John Surgery

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler

The New York Mets announced that Zack Wheeler underwent successful Tommy John surgery to repair his UCL and a torn flexor tendon. That’s good news. However, Wheeler could have avoided the surgery. How? Listen to Season 2, Episode 5 of The Fix.

During the podcast, Angel Borrelli reviews the warning signs Wheeler had going back to his high school days on the mound — warning signs that weren’t properly dealt with. She also dispels the following myths:

– pitching injuries are inevitable / unavoidable
– man “isn’t meant to throw overhand” / “throwing a baseball is unnatural”
– “throwing hard will eventually lead to injury”
– the elbow cannot be strengthened
– pitchers know more about pitching injuries than anyone else

On a positive note, Angel provides a free tip on achieving peak velocity — in fact, it is the most fundamental element and foundation for reaching maximum speed and MPH. It’s called “separation.”

Joe Janish has been coaching baseball for 20+ years, and playing for 30+. He was a D-1 ABCA All-American catcher in 1992, when he finished in the top 15 in the nation in hitting. He also coached at the D-1 level, and currently provides private instruction to serious baseball players in the NY/NJ/PA area.
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