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Friday, May 16, 2014

Marlins' Jose Fernandez will have surgery today and rehab for a year

By on 5/16/2014 12:00:00 PM

Tomorrow, after his surgery, Jose Fernandez of the Miami Marlins will join nineteen other major league pitchers who are rehabbing from Tommy John surgeries performed in 2014.
If I left anyone out, sorry—this list is from the MLB site.

Angels Brian Moran Astros Jose Cisnero Athletics A.J. Griffin, Jarrod Parker Braves Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Cory Gearrin Diamondbacks Patrick Corbin, David Hernandez Marlins Jose Fernandez Mets Bobby Parnell Nationals Erik Davis Padres Josh Johnson, Cory Leubke Rangers Pedro Figueroa, Martin Perez Rays Matt Moore Royals Luke Hochevar Tigers Bruce Rondon Yankees Ivan Nova

He will also join another dozen or so pitchers, like Matt Harvey of the Mets, who had their surgery in late 2013.

Here is what Fernandez will do for the next year, depending on his surgeon's protocol and how well he responds to each stage. There will be setbacks, inevitably, but they are different for each individual.

0-7 Days: Splint is worn, squeeze a soft ball.

1-4 Weeks: Discontinue splint; sling worn for one more week; gradually achieve full range of motion.

1-2 Months: Full range of motion at elbow, wrist, forearm, shoulder; lightweights for forearm exercises.

2-3 Months: Continue lower body conditioning program; continue exercises for upper extremities, including rotator cuff.

3-4 Months: Easy tossing (no wind-up), 25-30 throws building up to 70.

4-5 Months: Continue throwing program with easy wind-up, 20-50 feet, 10-40 throws.

5-6 Months: Throwing program extends to 60 feet at half-speed.

6-7 Months: Gradually increase distance to 150 feet.

7-8 Months: Progress to a mound at half- to three-quarters speed, using proper body mechanics (stay on top of the ball, keep elbow up, throw over the top, follow through with the arm and trunk).

9-10 Months: Simulate game situations.

10-12 Months: Begin normal routine and make appropriate rehab starts.

Originally provided by Dr. Craig Morgan to the Courier Post Online.

Good luck, and we'll see you in 2015. All of you, I sincerely hope.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats

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