PA informs us that Xavier Nady, in an attempt to recover from a partial ligament tear and return to the Yankees, is partaking in the somewhat controversial procedure known as platelet-rich plasma therapy.
Here’s some info on the procedure, courtesy of the NY Times:
The method, which is strikingly straightforward and easy to perform, centers on injecting portions of a patient’s blood directly into the injured area, which catalyzes the body’s instincts to repair muscle, bone and other tissue. Most enticing, many doctors said, is that the technique appears to help regenerate ligament and tendon fibers, which could shorten rehabilitation time and possibly obviate surgery.
Because of the therapy’s medical newness, its results have yet to be a studied enough to be ruled “scientifically proven,” although many athletes, including baseball players like Takashi Saito (Red Sox), have employed the therapeutic procedure despite that fact.
Whatever (legal) method helps to provide a healthy and useful Xavier Nady is fine with me, although Swisher and Matsui seem to be doing alright in his absence. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not platelet-rich plasma therapy becomes a commonality across baseball, especially for players that are looking to heal up—and heal up quickly—before hitting free agency (like Nady and Saito).
I mean, morally speaking, it’s better than steroids or HGH, right?