Pitcher injuries are more likely to occur in the preseason and start of the campaign.

Pitcher injuries are more likely to occur in the preseason and start of the campaign.
Pitcher injuries are more likely to occur in the preseason and start of the campaign.

NEW YORK (AP) — Pitcher injuries are most likely to occur in the preseason and early in the season, Major League Baseball said.

Baseball officials have rejected the statement made by Tony Clark, the players’ union leader, who said that the injuries could be linked to the implementation of the pitch clock, available since the previous year.

For this year, the time that can elapse between one launch and another was reduced even further.

“In or around 2014 we started this upward trend,” commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday, after providing data on the issue to team owners. “It seems that last year, the trend reversed. We don’t know what that means, whether it will continue or not. I think that at the beginning of the season there was no anomaly. There is a pattern that has been a problem at the beginning of the campaign for a long time.”

Shane Bieber, of Cleveland; Spencer Strider, of Atlanta; Lucas Giolito, of Boston; Nicaraguan Jonathan Loáisiga of the New York Yankees, and Dominican Eury Pérez, of Miami, are among the pitchers who were left out due to elbow problems this year.

Major League Baseball has not released the data. Johns Hopkins has conducted an undisclosed study that included interviews with more than 200 baseball players and doctors, Manfred said.

Fear of pitcher injuries has caused some clubs to prevent their players from participating in the World Baseball Classic in March 2023. It could also become a problem in allowing Major League players to participate in the Los Angeles Olympics. .

 
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