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Watson: Shoulder Injury Occurred While Playing Racquetball

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Watson with Lakewood in 2013, image- Jay Floyd

In an interview I conducted on the PhoulBallz Minor League Podcast this Thursday, Phillies righty pitching prospect Shane Watson admitted that his recurring shoulder injury was a result of reckless play in a sport away from the baseball diamond.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with me and the show’s co-host and producer Tug Haines, the Phillies top draft pick from 2012 admitted that the issue, which has kept him out of action since July, initially popped up in 2012 when he was playing racquetball.

“Well, um, well it first started was me, when I was first  drafted…me being young and, uh, young a dumb, if you will, a whole year and a half ago,” Watson stated. “I was actually playing, like, tennis or racquetball or something and I, uh, like, ran into the wall and I injured my shoulder that way and they said it’s inflamed from that.”

Haines then jokingly reminded Watson that action on the court is not a contact sport. As a group, we shared a laugh, but the revelation that the 20-year-old hurler suffered damage to his throwing shoulder because of sports activity off the baseball field is certainly noteworthy. It would seem the Phillies are aware of this, if the organization’s physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti has knowledge of this mishap.  Ciccotti officially diagnosed Watson with an enlarged capsule during a visit to Philadelphia this week.

The six-foot-four 200-pounder was home in California, resting this month and was not actively working on a pitching program.  He was set to begin throwing again December 1st, but experienced high levels of discomfort in the joint during the week before Thanksgiving Day and alerted his agent and the Phillies of the setback.

Watson, drafted 40th overall last year out of Lakewod High School in California, dealt with considerable health issues after signing with the Phillies.  Struggling with sickness and weight loss it was discovered that the youngster has type 1 diabetes. Efforts were made to address the concern and Watson was able to learn how to manage it, but he pitched in just five games with the rookie level Gulf Coast Phillies last year.

This year with Class A Lakewood, Watson sported a 4-6 record with a 4.75 ERA while striking out 53 and walking 28 in 72 innings pitched.

Currently, Watson, who was ranked by PhilliesNation as the Phillies’ 17th best prospect heading into the 2013 season, is in Clearwater, FL rehabbing the injury and will be reevaluated next week to see if surgery is required.

To hear the full interview in which Watson discusses a potential surgical repair as well as a time frame for recovery and unveils his family tree’s connection to a regional founding father, click HERE to download or stream the episode.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Arthur Weinstein

    December 9, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Well, um, well it first started was me, when I was first drafted…me being young and, uh, young a dumb, if you will, a whole year and a half ago,” Watson stated. “I was actually playing, like, tennis or racquetball or something and I, uh, like, ran into the wall and I injured my shoulder that way and they said it’s inflamed from that.”

    I am sorry, but that statement clearly seems deceptive. all the Um, uh and extra words and then “tennis or raquetball or something” indicate that he is not speaking from experiential memory and is making stuff up. On the other hand, if he was lying about how he injured it, I am not sure why he would say it was playing another sport since that s often frowned upon for professional athletes.

    • Jay Floyd

      December 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      I disagree and maybe it’s because I know him, or because I listened to him. I think the stammering and “ums” were based on his concern about whether or not he was offering up too much info that did not need to be shared outside the organization.

      Shane’s not going to make up something that makes himself look reckless. He respects the game and is very grateful for his spot. There’s nothing he wants more than doing everything he can to make the Phillies’ roster.

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