Tim Keown with another piece extolling the Rangers adoption of long toss. He compares their regimen, with guys throwing 350 feet, to that used by the Brewers and Pirates, where pitchers throw from no more than 120 feet. It's all anecdotal, but still interesting. Has anyone seen anyone from the Indians talk about pitcher training methods?
The 120 program is more structured at the minor league level than in the big leagues, and one of its supposed benefits is to preserve the health of valuable young arms. In the Pirates' case, it appears to have had paradoxical effects. In a nine-year span (1999 to 2007) the club selected seven pitchers in the first round, and five of them suffered major arm injuries. In contrast, the Rangers are on record as saying their injuries are down since they adopted Jaeger's program.