First Pitch

First Pitch: Why Don’t Pitchers Speak Up Sooner About Injuries?

First Pitch: Why Don’t Pitchers Speak Up Sooner About Injuries?

Wandy Rodriguez will visit Dr. James Andrews. Photo credit: David Hague

Earlier today I spoke with James McDonald at Pirate City, talking about his injury this year and his rehab work. McDonald mentioned that he had trouble getting his arm loose early in the year, and felt "constricted". He originally thought it was dead arm, then told the Pirates when the condition got worse.

Later this evening, it was announced that Wandy Rodriguez would visit Dr. James Andrews after experiencing pain during a sim game. Rodriguez had felt pain before in his rehab work, which does raise a question why he was throwing so soon when he experienced pain before.

In each case the Pirates are in a tough situation. Only the pitcher can tell if he's in pain. And in each case, you can see why the pitchers wouldn't want to speak up right away.

In McDonald's case, dead arm is very common. This article is a few years old (Francisco Liriano is in a Twins jersey in the video), but still relevant in discu...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system, with rates lower than $2.25 per month. If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

First Pitch
@http://twitter.com/timwilliamsp2

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

More in First Pitch

(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: The Impact if the Pirates Lose A.J. Burnett For the Year

Tim WilliamsAugust 3, 2015
Johnny Cueto was taunted by the crowd for most of the night. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: The High Prices on the Starting Pitching Trade Market

Tim WilliamsJuly 31, 2015
Tyler Glasnow 2

First Pitch: Glasnow Getting the Cole Treatment, 2016 Prospects, Blanton Analysis

Tim WilliamsJuly 30, 2015
JaCoby Jones 4

First Pitch: JaCoby Jones Improved His Defense, Didn’t Improve His Strikeouts

Tim WilliamsJuly 28, 2015
(Photo Credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: Have the Pirates Found the New Cuban Market?

Tim WilliamsJuly 25, 2015
(Photo credit: David Hague)

First Pitch: Will Aramis Ramirez Unlock the Golden State Strategy?

Tim WilliamsJuly 24, 2015

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects