BucsFan posted:cabbagedad posted:BucsFan posted:
Many thanks to both MrBumstead (for the exciting milestone) and 2014 Dad (for the cautionary tale / insights). My 2016 RHP is just a couple of months behind (10/21 will be anniversary of TJS). He is feeling great (actually, instead of "good", he has been saying "fantastic" recently) and has 1 week left of a month long 100% rest of the arm - per Dr's orders. He did the rehab protocol to the letter from mid April through early Sept. Upon return, two weeks of long toss before getting back on mound for good - that takes him to mid October. All of this means he may or may not throw live to hitters this Fall. To his credit, he (perhaps moreso than I) has the long term perspective. I'd like to see him at least in a scrimmage to show the coaches what he can do, but HC (also PC) told him in Spring exit interview to just be ready by February. He is at Ivy school in NE, so the Fall season is not very long, as you can imagine. I often think of the emotions that will hit me when he is out there in live action (he hasn't thrown live since playoffs his senior year of HS...injury happened after first bullpen on campus last Fall).
Good news and best wishes going forward to him BucsFan! Curious, what is the idea behind the month long 100% rest after rehab and prior to long toss? And also, same question about just two weeks of LT before getting on mound after a full month shut down? Curious to hear the experts' take on the process.
Thanks for good wishes and for the thoughtful questions. I don't have a lot of detail other than:
1. Month Off: Dr and therapist literally said "you will have thrown for 4.5 months (the length of the full throwing protocol) and simply need to rest your arm, rest your body." They even told him to take 2 weeks off from working out (not sure if he did or not...unlikely). I think the idea was also to get him the time off (albeit a month or two late) that a pitcher normally would have during the year (late July/August). He will be working hard with PC/HC up through Thanksgiving on "individuals" (ie, bullpens), so I thought it all made decent sense to me. Also, he did work up to 60 pitches at 90-100% at the end of the protocol. He said that was cool; all of the coaches and most of the team was watching and pulling for him.
2. I don't think the Dr and his therapists envision him going live just two weeks post LT. That is the big question and the part that is slightly frustrating (to me, not my son). If he was just a week or two ahead of this schedule, he could probably throw an inning or two in a Fall game they have vs. another D1 in the area. But, since he will have just gotten back on the mound (to start his build up to going 100%), he likely will just miss it. I was hoping we could "thread the needle" and get him live action/competition, but it doesn't seem like it will happen. I am hoping they at least let him throw a simulated couple of innings before it gets too cold.
In essence, the "experts" told him that once he comes back after the month off, he is "good to go" and build up as he and his coaches/trainers see fit.
Awesome, thanks. Makes sense and sounds like everyone is totally on top of things with him. Would just hate to see him try to ramp back up too quickly for one fall outing when things are going so well with early Spring and full health in sight and on schedule.