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Health of pitchers more involved than just pitch counts

The health of pitchers and relation between pitches thrown and arm injuries has always been a hot topic in college baseball.

On Wednesday the Birmingham News published an article on the topic, looking specifically at pitchers in the Southeastern Conference.

According to a chart pulled from the website www.BoydsWorld.com, Ole Miss is smack dab in the middle of the conference when it comes to number of starts in which a pitcher has thrown at least 121 pitches with 19 since 2007, down from 24 between 2002 and 2004.

While the article draws some comparisons to the number of pitches thrown as it relates to injuries, Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco argues that looking just at pitch counts isn’t enough because of the various factors that are unique to each pitcher.

In short, every pitcher is different and it is their coach’s job to decipher how much of a work load is appropriate. (May 27, 2011, Page 6A)

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