During the offseason prior to the current Major League Baseball season, the New York Yankees traded stud catching prospect Jesus Montero to the Seattle Mariners for their number two starting pitcher, 23-year-old Michael Pineda.
Pineda showed up to spring training 10 pounds overweight and wasn't reaching the high velocities with his fastballs that manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild were expecting, according to ESPN.
Pineda complained of discomfort and pain in his throwing shoulder throughout the spring. The Yankees put Pineda on the disabled list on March 30, and apparently did not give him enough time to recover. After only 15 pitches into a rehab start on Saturday, he was pulled from the game with what was eventually determined to be a torn labrum. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that he thinks Pineda suffered the injury that will sideline him for the next 12 months while throwing the final pitch of his rehab outing.
The injury may have been able to be avoided had the Yankees been more patient with his recovery. The team cannot be entirely to blame though, as they aren't the only ones guilty of misjudging how long it will take for an injury to heal.
A recent study by Safe Kids Worldwide and Johnson & Johnson revealed almost half of all respondent coaches said that they feel pressure to put injured youth athletes into games. Additionally, about 4 out of 10 parents underestimate the amount of fluids their children should be drinking during intense physical activity, which can make them susceptible to injury.
Coaches should always prioritize team hydration by stocking their benches with water bottles, coolers and fluids. If a player has an injury, he or she should remain out of the lineup until cleared to return to action by a physician.
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