Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 37, Issue 6, pp 491–498 | Cite as

Spectrum of shoulder injuries in the baseball pitcher

  • Hugue Ouellette
  • John Labis
  • Miriam Bredella
  • William E. Palmer
  • Kenneth Sheah
  • Martin Torriani
Review Article


This review describes a range of shoulder injuries experienced by baseball pitchers. It is estimated that more than 57% of pitchers suffer some form of shoulder injury during a playing season. Knowledge of the overhead throwing cycle is crucial for our understanding of these shoulder injuries. Baseball pitchers are prone to rotator cuff tears from tensile overload and impingement. Glenoid labrum degeneration or tears are also common, due to overuse syndrome (micro-instability), internal impingement and microtrauma. An understanding of the lesions involved in overhead throwing is crucial in baseball pitchers, as long-term disability can result from these injuries, sometimes with severe financial consequences to the player.


Baseball Pitcher MR imaging Shoulder 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugue Ouellette
    • 1
  • John Labis
    • 2
  • Miriam Bredella
    • 1
  • William E. Palmer
    • 1
  • Kenneth Sheah
    • 1
  • Martin Torriani
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA

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