When asked if he’s worried about throwing too much, Trevor Bauer replied “No, I’m worried about the marathoners out there who run too much! Someone tell them they’re going to break down!”
In essence, if you want to be able to throw a lot, you have to throw a lot. There’s no way around it. Brian Oates tackles this in his latest post.
Of all the suggestions mentioned by the Council the worst is the recommendation that all pitchers rest for at least 3 months a year. The way I read the recommendation is that it means to take this period of time off from any intense throwing in general, which is the type of suggestion that will lead to more injuries. What pitchers, especially youth pitchers, need is to throw more, not less. Now I don’t necessarily mean pitch more, but they need to throw more. Most pitchers these days throw too little and pitch too much. We need to teach pitchers the benefits of throwing a baseball everyday, whether it is long toss or simply a nice easy game of catch. Throwing more will help condition the arm for the stress of pitching. This may seem obvious, but the reality is that in most cases when a pitcher tells a coach his arm is tired or sore the response is to take the day (or a few days) off to rest.
This would be like telling a runner training for a marathon who feels tired or sore to take some time off from running in order to be better prepared for the marathon. If the runner did this there is no doubt that he/she would be further from the goal of running the marathon. Instead, when runners are tired/sore form intense training they don’t rest, but instead they go for a nice and easy 3 or 4 or 5 mile run instead of the longer 10+ mile run they had planned on. This analogy should equate to pitchers. When a pitcher is sore or tired the best thing for him is to play catch, even if it never reaches more than 50 or 60 feet.
Full article here…its a good one.