On July 19, seven pitches into a non-save situation, Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara left a game against the San Francisco Giants clutching his right arm and grimacing. It's easy to imagine Red Sox fans grimacing too. After all, the team has seen its fair share of bullpen injuries this summer - including trips to the DL by closer Craig Kimbrel and reliever Junichi Tazawa. But even after an MRI revealed that Uehara had suffered a right pectoral strain, Kevin Samaha, PA-C, Physician Assistant in the Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, suggests there's reason for hope.
"A large majority of muscle strains can be managed non-operatively and will go on to heal with very little lasting effects," says Samaha. "Of course, muscle strains need to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and it's important for each individual to take enough time to heal properly."
Your pectoral muscles help with movements of the arm and shoulder. They're what help you rotate the arm, pick up objects, and throw a baseball…
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox and Red Sox Nation. Physicians at BIDMC do not treat Red Sox players and have no specific knowledge of player conditions.