With the amount of elbow injuries across Major League Baseball increasing by the year, there is a growing belieif that young athletes are putting too much strain on their arms while they are still developing. Perhaps we should be concerned for Dylan Fosnacht of Rochester (Wash.) High School, who threw 194 pitches and 14 innings on Tuesday.
Rochester coach Jerry Striegel chose to let Fosnacht rack up the mind-boggling pitch count during an eventual 1-0, 17-inning victory. Assistant coach Kyle Sprague told Max Preps that he made the decision to pull Fosnacht in the top of the 15th when he allowed two baserunners with nobody out.
Dustin Wilson took over and eventually got the win. Rochester had two games on Tuesday, and Wilson also pitched all seven innings of the second game. Despite the massive workloads, Sprague insists there is no concern over the condition of either player’s arm.
“I have never seen two guys take the mound and dominate like that for that long,” he said. “I have both of those guys in class, and they both said that their arms were fine today.”
Fosnacht embraced the challenge and opportunity to compete. He also said critics should relax because he’s primarily a middle infielder and not a pitcher.