LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The debate over overusing high school baseball pitchers has now become a big issue for the Tulane and Barbe programs.
In a report by WGNO-TV in New Orleans, Tulane head coach Rick Jones claims his sophomore pitcher Ryan Doiron, a former Barbe Buc, was overused during the state playoffs in 2008. Jones blames Barbe head coach Glenn Cecchini for Doiron's torn labrum injury. Jones claims Doiron pitched eighteen innings over a day and a half in the 2008 5A State tournament. Because of this, Jones says he won't be recruiting players at Barbe anymore.
Barbe head coach Glenn Cecchini then spoke to 7Sports and gave his side of the story. Cecchini says while it was a risk to pitch Doiron, he consulted Doiron's parents and Doiron himself about the increased workload. Cecchini claims everyone was OK with the amount of innings and everyone was on the same page.
To watch the KPLC report, as well as additional comments from Jones and Cecchini, click the links to the right of your screen.