It's That Time of Year

April 4, 2005

The 2005 Major League Baseball season opened today and one of its brightest stars – pitcher Mark Pryor of the Chicago Cubs – wasn’t on the mound for one of the favorite teams of many Iowans.

Instead, Pryor is making certain his right arm, elbow and shoulder are 100 percent healthy as a member of the Triple A Iowa Cubs. Prior was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 25, because he needs more time to fine-tune his mechanics and build his endurance after being slowed this spring because of inflammation in his right elbow.

The lesson to be learned as young Iowans begin to toss baseballs with their fathers? Little guys and big guys can experience arm problems if the don’t warm-up and throw properly.

To help with transition into summer and the start of baseball season, the University of Iowa Sports Medicine experts who take care of the University of Iowa baseball and softball teams, and serve as consultants for the Cedar Rapids Kernels will present, “Preparing for Baseball: Learn to Throw the Right Way.” The free seminar will take place from 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, Apr. 12, in the Larson Conference Room, UI Sports Medicine Center, UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Click HERE for all of the details of this special seminar staged by one of the UI Athletic Department’s longtime corporate partners.