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Young arms feel the 'grind' at this point

Chamberlain, Porcello, Kershaw, among others, pushing the limit on their inning totals

Originally Published: September 10, 2009
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

We've seen the advent of the Joba Rules and baseball embrace the tenets of the "Verducci effect," which says young pitchers run an increased risk of injury when their workloads increase by 30 innings from one year to the next.

This summer in Cooperstown, Tom Seaver, Jim Bunning and other Hall of Famers lamented the current obsession with pitch counts. "We're encouraging mediocrity and being very successful at it," Don Sutton said.

No matter where they stand on the topic, big league ...

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