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Hi Brent,

Good to see all the activity on the website, it's very encouraging! I thought I'd give you a progress report on Nate and Gabe. Nate received a partial scholarship to play at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK which is just outside (west) of OK City. He's really excited and looking forward to pitching for them.

Gabe started out kind of rocky (nerves? getting adjusted?) at the AZ Rookie League, he started getting better (ERA from 26.0 to 4.53) in about 9 games, not too bad! He was invited to pitch in the Instructional League (Sept-Nov) but got injured. He has a stress fracture in the 5th metatarsal(?) of his post foot (righty). The doctor said anything could have injured his foot, from pitching to walking to the mall, it was a matter of time. He described it like a piece of wire that you bend back and forth until it starts giving way, bummer. Recovery was 18-20 weeks if left untreated, 4-6 weeks if he had surgery, he (and the Mariners) chose surgery. They put a screw in to stabilize the bone, I think it remains there forever. He's one week post surgery then has to report back on 16 Sept for Instructional League and rehab, then off season.

Have any of your students have this injury or have you known anyone with this injury? How did they do when they came back from the injury? Do you think it's mechanics? I think he's focusing on driving off his post foot more that getting his back hip (right hip) rotated to the front. Should he be rotating his foot or lifting his heel so that he puts more force into the pads? What do you think?

 

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Glenn

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Glenn, sorry to here about the injury. This is a big part of becoming a pro athlete, learning to roll with the punches of wear and tear. I have never dealt with this type of injury. I just spent the past 30 minutes doing some research on this and it looks like because it was the 5th metatarsal bone, that all you need to have him do is put the outside edge of his foot on the rubber. This way when he is driving off the post foot, it will not crush the 5th metatarsal bone into the side of the rubber. You could also build a cushion into the outside of the drive leg foot to prevent the bone from being crushed over time. I would not attempt to force more rotation of the drive leg than extension because I believe this will decrease velocity. The better alternative is what I stated here. 

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