It’s Been a Painful Year for Baseball’s Top Pitchers

From a Wall Street Journal story by Lindsey Adler and Jared Diamond headlined “The ‘Mini-Bombs’ Blowing Up the Elbows of Baseball’s Top Pitchers”:

Max Scherzer made a dark prediction at the beginning of the baseball season. Pitcher injuries, already at high levels, would intensify. His concern, Scherzer repeatedly warned to anybody who would listen, was the introduction of the pitch clock.

He was right about at least one thing: It has been another painful year for pitchers. Jacob deGrom, Shohei Ohtani, Shane McClanahan and Tony Gonsolin are among the key starters who have undergone elbow surgeries that will likely keep them off the mound until 2025. Scherzer himself strained a muscle in his throwing shoulder last week, leaving the Texas Rangers without their ace for the final stretch of a fierce postseason race.