Hensley Still Right There

Ty Hensley missed the entire 2013 season after hip surgery and seemed well on his way towards finally putting together a full healthy season this year, but hernia surgery to fix an ancillary problem that arose from his previous hip condition has delayed those plans. Hensley, who is already throwing once again, says he can still accomplish everything he had set out to do in 2014.

The former first round pick had hernia surgery back on March 11th but it wasn't necessarily to fix a hernia -- it was to repair a pre-condition with his abdominal muscles that continually arose from his preexisting hip condition.

"Yeah kind of," Hensley said. "The whole reason why I had to have hip surgery was because they thought that was the cause of why my abs were tearing, why I kept having the repeated abdominal strains. I guess there was always a chance that this could have happened again if everything in there wasn't perfectly stable.

"The MRIs that I had after my hip surgery before I went home for the offseason said that everything in there had healed 100 percent. Everything looked like it was good and we just went with that and thought we crossed all of our t's and dotted all of our i's.

"I came back here in January and started throwing, and everything was feeling good. The hips were great but towards the middle to end of February I started feeling some tightness in the lower part of my abs, not really in the same spot that I've had anything before but just kind of a different spot.

"As I started throwing harder and harder it progressively got worse. I could have pitched through it if I had to but it ended up making me do some different things mechanically and I didn't want my arm to suffer. So I told them and I had a surgery to repair the previous tears and reattach it to the bone at the bottom because apparently it pulled off.

"You can't really see that through the MRI so Dr. Myers pulled it [the abdominal muscle] back to the bone, reattached it, reinforced it, and kind of broke up the scar tissue from the tears that I've had and repaired those with some sutras.

"He also found by my muscles in there -- the reason that they were tearing is because they didn't have enough room to expand I guess because of my hips so he went in there and kind of released them because they were so tight that they couldn't expand. It means they weren't getting any blood flow at all.

"So he went in there, loosened them, and everything is great now. Honestly I feel normal again and it's been a long time since I've been able to say I feel normal. I believe this is going to be the last problem that I have with this whole issue."

While to those viewing the set of circumstances surrounding Hensley's health history would believe it is seemingly one issue after another, that is really not the case. Every one of his health problems during his time with the Yankees have all stemmed from the same abnormal hip impingement.

"The thing that people really don't understand is that this is the same issue that I've been dealing with the whole time," Hensley reiterated. "It's not like I've been having one thing after another, this has all been for this one purpose. I really firmly believe that I've got this all behind me now."

The doctor had to release the abdominal muscles, expanded them at the top and the bottom so they were not so tight so they would have room to expand and so blood could actually flow to them so they could heal properly. Now they're being used the way they're supposed to be used.

This latest hernia surgery was all abs related and in essence it was 'Part B' of his initial hip surgery a year ago. In the first part they fixed the hip but the irregularly shaped hip had been causing tears in his abdominal muscles.

The first tears were caused by the hips and the one after that, the one that finally led to this hernia surgery, was because the tissue around that wasn't strong enough because of the scarring tissue in there. The doctor had to go in there and fix all of that.

Hensley received two incisions -- one right below the belly button to the left and one down by the groin area -- essentially everything towards his landing foot.

"That was the side that I would pull on," he said. "I didn't have rotation [in my hips] before so I'd compensate with my front rotation by twisting and pulling my glove side really hard which is why people would say I'd fly open but that's because I really had no choice physically. I had an impingement so I couldn't possibly rotate without breaking something.

"The incision down by my groin to reattach the muscles to my bone it's basically hernia surgery. They're one in the same but technically I didn't have a hernia, I didn't have anything pushing through.

"This is complicated stuff. This doesn't happen very often. There's been a couple of guys in the big leagues that have had this that I know of that had the same thing before and they're doing just fine after this and haven't had any problems since; Ryan Zimmerman with the Nationals, he went through this. This usually doesn't happen to pitchers, just position players mostly, but lucky me."

There is a part of him that does feel lucky through this entire ordeal, especially considering none of what he has had to endure has been arm related. And now with brand new hips and reinforced abdominal muscles, he is perhaps the newest version of the bionic man.

Still, he is a competitor at heart and a bigger part of him was extremely disappointed with this latest setback.

"I was pissed off to be honest with you but this training staff has bent over backwards for me in trying to get me 100 percent healthy," he said. "There's really just no way anyone could have seen this coming.

"I was really disappointed though because I had thrown BP's and I had started throwing to live hitters again, and it was the best I had ever thrown in my life. I feel so much more in control and so much better but this had to happen.

"I was really disappointed and still really disappointed but I feel if you're not disappointed then you're not passionate about the game. I'm just keeping the big picture in mind.

"I'm going to get back on the field, reach my goals which are stay healthy, which is the number one goal, make quality pitches, and I do that I'll still be able to accomplish everything I want to accomplish and be right back on track with what I want to do."

He started throwing again ten days after his surgery and should be back up on the mound sometime this month. That would put him on schedule to pitch in some rehab games in May and right on schedule to pitch competitively in the short-season leagues this coming season.

"I started throwing and I've been throwing for a while now. I had 50 tosses at 60 feet [on Thursday] and I should be playing some long-toss by the end of [this] week, and quite possibly be on the bump as soon as [two weeks later].

"I'll have to throw a few bullpens before I'm ready but I'll still be able to get all of my innings that I need to get this year and reach my innings limit which was pre-determined because I didn't throw at all last year."

While the short-term plan has obviously changed with him rehabbing instead of pitching in Extended Spring Training, the big picture hasn't changed much. He was most likely destined to begin the year in the short-season leagues anyway given his long layoff last season and that goal is still very much right there for him.

"Everything that I wanted to accomplish this year is still right there. Surgery sucks, it really does. I'm no stranger to it now but I needed this to happen for me to feel 100 percent again. [Thursday] I played catch and I didn't feel anything at all, no stretching, which is pretty remarkable. I'm happy with where I'm at," he concluded.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nThe former first round pick had hernia surgery back on March 11th but it wasn't necessarily to fix a hernia -- it was to repair a pre-condition with his abdominal muscles that continually arose from his preexisting hip condition.
\r\n
\r\n\"Yeah kind of,\" Hensley said. \"The whole reason why I had to have hip surgery was because they thought that was the cause of why my abs were tearing, why I kept having the repeated abdominal strains. I guess there was always a chance that this could have happened again if everything in there wasn't perfectly stable.
\r\n
\r\n\"The MRIs that I had after my hip surgery before I went home for the offseason said that everything in there had healed 100 percent. Everything looked like it was good and we just went with that and thought we crossed all of our t's and dotted all of our i's.
\r\n
\r\n\"I came back here in January and started throwing, and everything was feeling good. The hips were great but towards the middle to end of February I started feeling some tightness in the lower part of my abs, not really in the same spot that I've had anything before but just kind of a different spot.
\r\n
\r\n\"As I started throwing harder and harder it progressively got worse. I could have pitched through it if I had to but it ended up making me do some different things mechanically and I didn't want my arm to suffer. So I told them and I had a surgery to repair the previous tears and reattach it to the bone at the bottom because apparently it pulled off.
\r\n
\r\n\"You can't really see that through the MRI so Dr. Myers pulled it [the abdominal muscle] back to the bone, reattached it, reinforced it, and kind of broke up the scar tissue from the tears that I've had and repaired those with some sutras.
\r\n
\r\n\"He also found by my muscles in there -- the reason that they were tearing is because they didn't have enough room to expand I guess because of my hips so he went in there and kind of released them because they were so tight that they couldn't expand. It means they weren't getting any blood flow at all.
\r\n
\r\n\"So he went in there, loosened them, and everything is great now. Honestly I feel normal again and it's been a long time since I've been able to say I feel normal. I believe this is going to be the last problem that I have with this whole issue.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile to those viewing the set of circumstances surrounding Hensley's health history would believe it is seemingly one issue after another, that is really not the case. Every one of his health problems during his time with the Yankees have all stemmed from the same abnormal hip impingement.
\r\n
\r\n\"The thing that people really don't understand is that this is the same issue that I've been dealing with the whole time,\" Hensley reiterated. \"It's not like I've been having one thing after another, this has all been for this one purpose. I really firmly believe that I've got this all behind me now.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe doctor had to release the abdominal muscles, expanded them at the top and the bottom so they were not so tight so they would have room to expand and so blood could actually flow to them so they could heal properly. Now they're being used the way they're supposed to be used.
\r\n
\r\nThis latest hernia surgery was all abs related and in essence it was 'Part B' of his initial hip surgery a year ago. In the first part they fixed the hip but the irregularly shaped hip had been causing tears in his abdominal muscles.
\r\n
\r\nThe first tears were caused by the hips and the one after that, the one that finally led to this hernia surgery, was because the tissue around that wasn't strong enough because of the scarring tissue in there. The doctor had to go in there and fix all of that.
\r\n
\r\nHensley received two incisions -- one right below the belly button to the left and one down by the groin area -- essentially everything towards his landing foot.
\r\n
\r\n\"That was the side that I would pull on,\" he said. \"I didn't have rotation [in my hips] before so I'd compensate with my front rotation by twisting and pulling my glove side really hard which is why people would say I'd fly open but that's because I really had no choice physically. I had an impingement so I couldn't possibly rotate without breaking something.
\r\n
\r\n\"The incision down by my groin to reattach the muscles to my bone it's basically hernia surgery. They're one in the same but technically I didn't have a hernia, I didn't have anything pushing through.
\r\n
\r\n\"This is complicated stuff. This doesn't happen very often. There's been a couple of guys in the big leagues that have had this that I know of that had the same thing before and they're doing just fine after this and haven't had any problems since; Ryan Zimmerman with the Nationals, he went through this. This usually doesn't happen to pitchers, just position players mostly, but lucky me.\"
\r\n
\r\nThere is a part of him that does feel lucky through this entire ordeal, especially considering none of what he has had to endure has been arm related. And now with brand new hips and reinforced abdominal muscles, he is perhaps the newest version of the bionic man.
\r\n
\r\nStill, he is a competitor at heart and a bigger part of him was extremely disappointed with this latest setback.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was pissed off to be honest with you but this training staff has bent over backwards for me in trying to get me 100 percent healthy,\" he said. \"There's really just no way anyone could have seen this coming.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was really disappointed though because I had thrown BP's and I had started throwing to live hitters again, and it was the best I had ever thrown in my life. I feel so much more in control and so much better but this had to happen.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was really disappointed and still really disappointed but I feel if you're not disappointed then you're not passionate about the game. I'm just keeping the big picture in mind.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm going to get back on the field, reach my goals which are stay healthy, which is the number one goal, make quality pitches, and I do that I'll still be able to accomplish everything I want to accomplish and be right back on track with what I want to do.\"
\r\n
\r\nHe started throwing again ten days after his surgery and should be back up on the mound sometime this month. That would put him on schedule to pitch in some rehab games in May and right on schedule to pitch competitively in the short-season leagues this coming season.
\r\n
\r\n\"I started throwing and I've been throwing for a while now. I had 50 tosses at 60 feet [on Thursday] and I should be playing some long-toss by the end of [this] week, and quite possibly be on the bump as soon as [two weeks later].
\r\n
\r\n\"I'll have to throw a few bullpens before I'm ready but I'll still be able to get all of my innings that I need to get this year and reach my innings limit which was pre-determined because I didn't throw at all last year.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile the short-term plan has obviously changed with him rehabbing instead of pitching in Extended Spring Training, the big picture hasn't changed much. He was most likely destined to begin the year in the short-season leagues anyway given his long layoff last season and that goal is still very much right there for him.
\r\n
\r\n\"Everything that I wanted to accomplish this year is still right there. Surgery sucks, it really does. I'm no stranger to it now but I needed this to happen for me to feel 100 percent again. [Thursday] I played catch and I didn't feel anything at all, no stretching, which is pretty remarkable. I'm happy with where I'm at,\" he concluded.
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