Originally posted on Burning River Baseball  |  Last updated 9/4/13
Justin Masterson will miss at least one start because of a strained left oblique, according to manager Terry Francona. It is unclear whether he suffered the injury during the game or pre-game warmups/stretching. Strains of the oblique muscles and their tendons occur when the muscles are most at risk in sports when the athlete is involved in movements that extend and twist the trunk (butt) of the body. This extension and rotation is required to create force in the pitching motion, and as the athlete completes the motion by following through, the abdominal muscles flex the trunk and the internal and external muscles on the opposite side counter the trunk rotation. As athletes have become bigger and more powerful and this movement has become more dynamic, the incidence of injury to the oblique muscles has increased. As large of frame as Masterson has, it is no surprise that this type of injury has occurred.  Rest is going to be the major injury management for Masterson. Res...
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