Don wrote:You cross check the entire scope of major sports and you would be hard pressed to find a single athlete without scar tissue. Every single arm attached to a pitcher has some degree of buildup. You break down every single time you throw. It will greatly depend on the growth of the scar, if extensive, in the amount of buildup.
To my knowledge, the damage is minimum, but he is simply slow to heal. You may or may not be right to say that it will require surgery, but at this time it is simply healing on its own.
As a former player, I can completely argue this. If you are talking about amounts so small they don't show on an MRI then it doesn't seem worth mentioning because you'll never know it's there. I don't think you understand how small the 4 muscles that make up the RC are. ANY scar tissue in there is going to have some big time results. The biggest function of the RC is to keep your ball joint from popping out of place, with the amount of repetition of throwing in pro baseball that is a lot of strain to put on 4 tiny muscles with scar tissue in it.
Also being someone who had their career ended by a RC cuff tear, I'm pretty sure I know what I'm talking about. When you have an injury in there the first thing you will notice is the lack of velocity, the second thing you notice is in order to throw without extreme discomfort, you have to drop your arm angle towards side arm with the amount of angle change dependent of the severity of the injury. In Hobgood's case, a couple degrees change in his arm slot coupled with lower velocity screams minor-moderate RC injury. Any team is going to take it slow with a player and start with the easiest solution first, so they will rest him, but I can tell you that a rest period that long says they saw something on the MRI, if it were really minor it would have been a 2-4 week period. They are hoping to avoid surgery but the odds are pretty good for it.
If you have some kind of connections where you can say "what you are hearing" is first hand and not just the same stuff we are all reading on the web, please share, but others of us that are fairly well connected are going to be really confused when hearing contradictory input.