Joshua Blomgren, DO, a sports medicine physician with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center, is posting updates from Chicago White Sox spring training in Arizona. Rush is the preferred hospital of the White Sox and home to the team physicians.
Sunday, March 6: Woke bright and early to get to the ballpark at 6 a.m. for physicals. Today all the minor league coaches, pitchers and catchers reported to start their spring training. These players comprise all the pitchers and catchers working their way up the ranks through the White Sox Minor League and player development programs. Many of the players had prior “spring training” experience, having been here at Camelback Ranch (the White Sox spring training home) last year and some with other teams. There were also a lot of players who were taking in the experience for the very first time. You could sense their excitement and nervousness.
The physicals are set up like a well oiled machine. The players cycle through a few stations before presenting for their medical and orthopedic examinations. Once these are complete they are free to get started with their workouts and drills. We made short order of the 45 or so physicals thanks in part to a team of four primary care sports medicine physicians, myself included, and four orthopedic surgeons. After this I was free to go out to the practice facilities and take in batting and fielding practice while enjoying the Arizona sun.
The afternoon included more Arizona sun as the White Sox took on the Kansas City Royals at their home field, Camelback Ranch. Unfortunately the game ended in a loss for the White Sox, but there are still many more games in spring training before opening day. It looks like more sun tomorrow and another home game as half the squad travels to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks and the other half stays to take on the Cleveland Indians.