That aside, my favorite part of the article has nothing to do with Lincecum:
Throwing a baseball is an act of violence that has been graphically defined by Dr. James Andrews, Dr. Glenn Fleisig and the other doctors and clinicians at the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in Birmingham. From the loaded position, the shoulder, at its peak speed, rotates forward at 7,000 degrees per second. "That," Fleisig says, "is the fastest measured human motion of any humanFor some reason I find it insanely cool that Dr. Andrews and his colleagues are busting cadavers' elbows in order to keep hurlers' arms healthy. I've given passing thought to donating my body to science after I'm gone (mostly after reading this book). If I decide to do it, I think I want it to go towards baseball-related research. Like, they can bean me in the name of batting helmet testing or something.
While in the loaded position, the shoulder and elbow bear the equivalent of about 40 pounds of force pushing down. When the ASMI biomechanists wanted to know how much more force an arm could take, they brought cadavers into the lab and pulled and pushed upon the elbow joint to find the breaking point. The cadavers's ligaments blew apart just after 40 pounds of force. "So a pitcher is just about at the maximum," Fleisig says.