Posted on: July 7, 2010 2:04 am
Edited on: July 7, 2010 2:05 am

Piniella won't give up on Cubs, may be last year

Lou Piniella Lou Piniella ain't no quitter.

''I'm not a quitter,'' Piniella declared six times to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times . As bad as the Cubs have been this year -- 37-47 and 10 1/2 games out of first -- the skipper will not bail on the season. For good or bad, he's helming the team for the rest of the year. And that's just fine with Sweet Lou.

"In this business, you'd better be prepared to take the bad with the good. Nobody wants the bad, but it happens."

Piniella also revealed that the Cubs will be his last managerial gig. His contract expires after the year, and it's not yet known if new owner Tom Ricketts will bring him back, although that possibility exists. He refused to speculate on his future, but admitted he was looking forward to retirement. Just don't accuse him of looking past his job.

"Look, I still care. I still want to win. I'd like to get this season turned around more than anything else and win as many games as we can and make it fun. Again, we'll see.''

Despite the Cubs not living up to expectations since Piniella arrived to town with high expectations, there are no regrets for the manager who won a World Series with Cincinnati in 1990.

''I'm looking at this as a unique experience, as enjoying the city and managing a franchise that's big-market and that has a big fan base and that's got its challenges to it,'' he said. ''So I'll look at this thing positively, there's no question. At the same time, nobody wants to lose, I can tell you that. ... I haven't been in this position in the three years I've been here. It's not easy. I just do the best I can. That's all I can do.''

Piniella also took a jab at Joe Torre, whom many consider to be a potential replacement for Piniella in town and who came out and said that he doesn't think Piniella is done managing in Chicago. After saying Torre was flat-out wrong about Chicago not being his last stop, he challenged Torre to come to town and see what it's like to skipper the Cubs.

''He can come here, and he'll find out that it's a little harder than what he thinks it is.''

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 12:40 am
Edited on: June 30, 2010 12:55 am

Study: Lefty pitchers more prone to injuries

In a study that could end up having far-reaching implications, researchers from the Center for Sport & Motion Analysis at Texas Metroplex Institute for Sports Performance have found that left-handed pitchers are more susceptible to injuries than right-handed pitching.

The difference derive from the throwing motions of players, with mechanics from a lefty resulting in the humerus, a bone running from the shoulder to elbow.

The throwing motions of 84 college players were analyzed, with rotation of pitching and non-pitching arms looked at along with elbow and shoulder angles and arm speed.

The 28 players in the study that were left-handed were then matched up with right-handed pitchers similar in age, height, weight and throwing speed. These similarities then revealed the stress on the humerus.

But how?

"Their range of motion is different to begin with," Dr. Sherry Werner told Reuters. Torque on the humerus, according to Werner, was the most significant difference between left- and right-handed pitching motions.

The point at which the stress on the bone is when the pitcher has his arm fully extended just before the motion to the plate. If there is too much stress on the bone, it will fracture. There have only been four such injuries in MLB, according to the report, and all were left-handed.

While not discounting the report, Dr. Glenn Fleisig of the American Sports Medicine Institute wasn't ready to call the study concrete in its findings.

"I don't know why lefties and righties would inherently be physically different," he noted. "It's certainly worth further investigation."

It is too difficult to say with any certainty that left-handers have more stress on the bone than righties, largely due to the fact only 28 lefties were in the study. That is far too short a sample size.

If the findings are eventually proven correct, short-term, you would see organizations risking less years and dollars on left-handers. Long-term, lefties may have to adopt different pitching motions and perhaps sacrifice velocity.

-- Evan Brunell

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