Spring Training Update: Final Day in Arizona

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.

Thursday, March 10: Today marks the last day in sunny Arizona, and it is supposed to be the hottest day to date. They are calling for a high temp of 88. I am kind of sad to leave the warm temperatures but am sure that my patients wouldn’t like it if I stayed any longer.

Yesterday was an early day, and with a streamlined process and the combined efforts of the White Sox sports medicine team, we were able to do about 30 physicals in a little over an hour. The physicals yesterday were on all the minor league position players. As expected, they all proved to be very healthy and passed all aspects of the physicals with flying colors. I saw a lot of them later in the day headed out to the fields for their first of many team workouts of spring training.

I had somewhat of a short day as a lot of the team traveled to take on the defending World Series champs, the San Francisco Giants. The game ended in a loss, but Jake Peavy had another successful outing and is progressing very well after surgery last year.

I checked in this morning and there have been no issues with any of the athletes. All are healthy and progressing through spring training well.

Hanging out in the athletic training room shows how hard all the athletes work. Throughout the day they do both team and individual workouts, and all of the pitchers have a set rehab program that they perform in between outings to maintain the health of their throwing shoulders and elbows. They are all very dedicated to maintenance exercises.

This truly has been a great experience both as a fan of baseball and as a physician. I am excited for the regular season to start and to be in on the action at U.S. Cellular Field where the crowd and the excitement surrounding the White Sox will be on a much larger scale than here at Camelback Ranch. The team looks excellent, and I am looking forward to a very successful season for them.

So long for now from spring training!

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