Pitcher are apparently lining up to undergo the stem cell procedure that resuscitated the career of New York Yankees pitcher Bartolo Colon, according to a published report. Once Colon's procedure became public knowledge, this was only a matter of time.
One of the doctors who assisted in a stem cell procedure last year on Yankees starter Bartolo Colon says that 10 other pitchers have expressed interest in undergoing the treatment that is being scrutinized by Major League Baseball.
Colon, 37, appeared to be out of baseball after being released by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim mid-way through the 2009 season. The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner underwent a controversial procedure in Arpil of 2010 in which his own stem cells were re-inserted into his body to treat injuries to colon's elbow and shoulder.
Colon is 2-2 this season with a 3.16 ERA, and has been throwing the ball in the mid- to upper 90s.
Major League Baseball is looking into this procedure, which was done in the Dominican Republic. If, as Colon's doctors insist, MLB finds no banned substances were used and that the treatment is acceptable we could see a new era in the treatment of injuries to pitchers. You have to wonder if we might be on the cusp of a new treatment that will extend pitchers' careers the way the commonly-used Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery has.