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  1. Don
    Don July 13, 2010 at 9:39 am |

    Too bad about Cowan, he is now 50-50 to even make it back to 100%. It is that inverted “L” that almost makes all pitchers tear their labrum, tear ligaments, or tear rotator cuffs.

    If thier is one thing to teach kids at all levels, keeps both arms below the shoulder and point your pitching hand facing the base. (third for righties, first for lefties). Never bend your elbow down or kick it to the sky.

    This stuff happens and way too many coaches teach incorrect things, even at the highest levels. Too bad, but it is better than 10 years ago. I would not give him one chance of coming back in the late 90’s, but the odds are much better today. Question remains can he comeback throwing in the 90’s or will it be in the mid 80’s?

    1. Jordan
      Jordan July 13, 2010 at 1:31 pm |

      Another poster (on twitter), said the same thing. IT’s hard to tell where he’ll be when he returns, we need to know the extent of the injury first.

  2. qbsillest1
    qbsillest1 July 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm |

    I agree Don, that is the big question, will he come back throwing in the 90’s or the 80’s. I was much higher on Jake than most people, but his skillset IMO was undeniable. He was massively physically projectable, had a low 90’s FB with good sinking action and his secondaires were solid from what I had heard. He is another one of those guys whyo had elbow tendonitis the year we drafted him. Didn’t realize he had the “inverted L”. Does that seem to be a worse red flag than the “inverted W”?

    1. Jordan
      Jordan July 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm |

      I’m a big fan as well. Very projectable like you said. I saw him throw 5 innings in spring training. Fastball has a lot of movements, curveball could definitely become a plus pitch, changeup looked good. I can get some GIFs up if you’d like to see them.