William Shakespeare, an avid baseball fan, once wrote in a moment of frustration: “the hamstring doth protest too much.” Despite the game not even existing in the late 1500s, Shakespeare’s analysis was spot on. His innate knowledge of the game was literally centuries ahead of his time.
On Sunday, Miami Marlins’ Víctor Víctor Mesa fell victim to the very thing Shakespeare was trying to warn us about centuries ago: a hamstring strain. Hamstring strains are typically graded on a 1 to 3 scale, with 1 being the least severe injury, and 3 being the most severe. A report from Joe Frisaro indicates that an MRI on Tuesday showed Víctor Mesa suffered a Grade 1 strain, which is a promising development.
An MRI has revealed that Víctor Víctor Mesa suffered a Grade 1 right hamstring strain on Sunday. There wasn't great footage of the injury itself, so here is 11 seconds of him "walking gingerly" with coaches and training staff in the aftermath https://t.co/QXCWGzII6e pic.twitter.com/OYcyGquRNF— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) February 26, 2019
The hamstring is a group of three muscles that extends the hip, flexes the knee, and inwardly rotates the lower leg when it is bent. A Grade 1 strain means that these muscles have been overstretched, but usually not torn (there is a possibility of having minor tears). Depending on the strain’s severity, the player may or may not be able to bear weight. Fortunately for the Marlins, Grade 1 strains usually need around three weeks of rehab. One study in 2011 found that it took an average of 24 days for MLB players to return from any type of hamstring strain. As Víctor Mesa’s strain is Grade 1, you’d expect him to beat that number.
Hamstring issues are a common cause of DL stints in the MLB. Magneuris Sierra and Braxton Lee were among the Marlins players who missed time last season for that reason. The 2011 study mentioned above found that these injuries are often suffered early in the baseball season while a player is running to first base.
Sound familiar? Sound really familiar? Yep, you guessed it, Víctor Mesa suffered his injury while running to first base...
For Víctor Mesa, effective rehab is critical. There is no need to rush him back and possibly risk further injury. Hamstrings can have a nagging quality and easily flare up if not properly rehabbed. Víctor Mesa is an important piece for the Marlins’ future—emphasis on future. We can wait a few more weeks before seeing him in action again.