Tuesday, April 25, 2006
MRI May Shed Light on Chris Young's Numb Thumb
San Diego SP Chris Young had allowed only one run over his last 13 innings, but after his thumb went numb he was hammered in an 8-1 loss to the Mets. Young has been battling lost sensation and coldness in the thmb of his throwing hand all season, and it has affected his ability to feel the seams of the ball. An MRI may shed light on the problem as soon as today. The MRI will include the head, neck and spine, but the initial focus will attempt to determine whether blood vessels in the wrist are inflamed or swollen due to the repetative trauma of Chris Young's pitching regimen, or if the malady may be related to some type of blow. The team has no plans for Young to miss time, but doctors yet may prescribe rest as part of the treatment.