Players, experts, and doctors agree: Rob Manfred is putting pitchers in harm’s way with new sticky stuff regulations
New York Daily News reports on Major League Baseball’s (MLB) decision to increase regulations for “sticky stuff” on baseballs, which is known to enhance grip and spin for pitchers, and includes commentary from David W. Altchek, MD, sports medicine surgeon and co-chief emeritus of the HSS Sports Medicine Institute.
Some players worry this change in policy may contribute to an increase in injuries, specifically Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who was recently diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).
Dr. Altchek has performed around 1,500 Tommy John operations since 1988, and said this theory is plausible due to the sudden and major adjustment. He noted, “I’d rather have them use the sticky stuff and figure this out in the offseason.”
Dr. Altchek encouraged the MLB to explore alternative options for player health and safety. He said, “We already have an epidemic of elbow injuries. Tyler Glasnow sent a warning shot over the league. A pitcher of his level – saying that he made whatever the sudden changes were, grip pressure or something else – and then immediately developing an elbow problem, is scary. We have a few too many strikeouts, who cares?”
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