Here’s Video #1.
And the print edition:
Jake Peavy (strained lat, ERD 10/4)
Peavy’s retracted lat strain is relatively unique, but not quite as unique as I’d thought. A Dodgers farmhand, Brett Leach, had a very similar surgery a few years back, performed by my number three super-surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Leach was able to come back without significant difficulty and, according to Kevin Goldstein, he got his velocity back quickly, losing only time to injury. This is definitely a positive indicator for Peavy, and confirms the earlier thought that he’d be able to come back at some point near spring training 2011. I spoke with Dr. ElAttrache about the surgery, and he confirmed most of what I knew: the surgery is relatively simple, a matter of tacking the tendon back into place. Leach has had good results with no setbacks of any type, and if Peavy recovers on a similar timeline, he’ll be back at 100 percent by next spring. Dr. ElAttrache wasn’t sure that the run of lat strains that we’ve had lately was more than coincidence, but he noted that the lat is both an accelerator and a decelerator in the shoulder, an unusual circumstance. None of the training programs that most pitchers do have any specific activities for the lat the way that many focus on the rotator cuff, so it’s a possibility if this turns out to be a sign that the lat is breaking down within the kinetic chain.