And more effective than ever.
Sorry if this was posted in the other thread, but I think this deserves its own thread. And normally, I'd disregard ANYTHING that Curt Schilling has to say, but he's dead on with this: (via ESPN)
As I said yesterday, this surgery is not as big of a deal as everyone's saying. I had it and came back even better in swimming. Obviously not the same with pitching, but I trust Schilling on this. Not only did he have the same surgery, but he came back even better. Much like Pineda, prior to surgery, he was out of shape, and the rehab period allowed him to get his whole body into shape."He can be back better than he has ever been in 10 months," said Schilling, now an ESPN baseball analyst. "Maybe less, because he is younger. It is going to be 100 percent on him."
The Yankees have diagnosed Pineda, 23, with an anterior labral tear. The team says it will take Pineda one year before he will be on a major league mound. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.
"I was really surprised to see the 12-month-out thing," said Schilling, who suffered a superior labral tear in 1995.
Schilling, who won 216 games during his major league career, had the surgery when he was 28 years old. Ten months later, after rigorously following the rehab program, Schilling returned in May 1996 and threw seven shutout innings. He went on to throw more than 2,400 additional major league innings and may end up in the Hall of Fame.
"I came back after my surgery, throwing four to six miles harder than I did before," he said. "That is where the magic is. It is all about rehab. Most doctors can make you 100 percent well physically. I would tell you that it is 25 percent about the surgery and 75 percent about the rehab."
Dr. Craig D. Morgan performed the surgery on Schilling. Morgan said that pitchers take four months before they can pick up a ball.
With the advances in the science, Morgan believes Pineda possibly could pitch again in six to eight months.
The ability to hasten the recovery likely will have to a lot to do with Pineda's work ethic.
"These people have to develop a meticulous work ethic on this," Morgan said. "It is their life. They have to do it. Some of them are lazy. Some of them aren't.
"They are functional and good by six to eight months, but they are at their best the next year after that. It is kind of a spectrum of a comeback. Schilling was better than he was before he got hurt. The reason for that was that he bought into the exercise program for his total body, which made him a better pitcher than he was before he got hurt."
And if you don't trust Schilling's firsthand experience on this, here's a nice quote from ESPN's "injury expert" Stephania Bell:"You have a lot of people speculating about his weight gain and blah, blah, blah," Schilling said. "It is all about the strength in the shoulder. He clearly had a very weak shoulder. When you have a weak shoulder, your shoulder will start to droop and you will start to tax muscles and you get tears."
Anyways, I was saying yesterday that his career is definitely NOT over. So let's stop panicking. Cut the knee-jerk reactions, we didn't give up Montero for nothing. And just because one decade-old article says that the labrum is the worst baseball injury doesn't mean that he can't come back.ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell also said she didn't think the Mariners knew Pineda was hurt. She thought Pineda could be better after surgery because the Yankees will have a chance to get his whole body in shape.
"If you want to paint the silver lining on this, it is, yeah, he is going to have supervised rehab and conditioning that will help protect his arm as his arm comes back over the course of a year," Bell said.
When I tore my labrum in high school, I missed my entire sophomore year of swimming. We had hopes for states that year, and I had hopes of making nationals. Well, watching from the sidelines motivated me. Before my injury, I was one of the laziest athletes on the team. Afterwards, my dedication improved tenfold. Watching from the sidelines sucks, so if there was anything wrong with Pineda's work ethic before, he'll change very quickly after having to watch from the sidelines.