Science of baseball evolving: Help pitchers avoid injuries

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It was Tom Hanks’ character, Jimmy Dugan, who famously declared in the movie A League of Their Own, “There’s no crying in baseball.”

Here, in the biomechanics lab at American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI), research director Glenn Fleisig might as well declare, “There’s no guessing in baseball.”

OK, hitters guess what pitchers are going to throw, but scientists who study the game do not guess.

As the College World Series gets set to start Saturday and the minor leagues churn toward midseason, ASMI, which was founded in 1987 by renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, is examining college and minor league pitchers in two major studies related to pitching injuries and performance. The purpose, plain and simple, is to use science to eliminate guesswork concerning the health of pitchers.

Ray Glier, Special for USA TODAY Sports
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