View Full Version : Nitkowski hoping stem cells lead to comeback

02-28-2012, 10:53 PM
Hoping, basically, for one more chance -- a chance, he believes, that would have been completely out of the question if not for the blood-and-stem-cell treatments he received last summer.


As a former HS teammate, I wish him the best. Though you wonder about these things.

02-29-2012, 09:34 AM
I do not want to broach the whole subject of stem cell research ethics. However, this seems different to me.

I think much of the hoopla over performance enhancing drugs is overkill. I believe any player under the care of any team-sanctioned medical doctor, ought to be able to take any medicine prescribed by said doctor - regardless of whether or not the medicine is on some banned list. As long as the player follows the prescribed dose set by the doctor, there should be NO issue. Every day people take medicine under the care of a physician - why can't professional athletes?

In Nitkowski's case, he is not taking medicine. He is being treated for an injury, using his body's own cells. What is the difference in this procedure and ligament replacement? Tommy John surgery is a performance enhancing procedure. Why not ban it?

What will professional sports do as prosthetics improve to virtually perfect replacements to lost limbs?

Interesting questions raised.

03-01-2012, 07:07 PM
If people came back from Tommy John surgery throwing a half-dozen no-hitters in a row, I think baseball would have a right to ban it from the game. Or if you pitched well after Tommy John surgery but after about five years your arm had to be amputated. Even if some guys were willing to do that.

If prosthetics and surgery like LASIK return a player to reasonable levels of performance, that should be OK, but if it turns the game into a Bugs Bunny cartoon, baseball has a right to protect itself.

03-02-2012, 01:22 AM
pitchers in the AL might decide to call foul on LASIK if Eric Hosmer takes off this season...

04-22-2012, 02:51 AM

Some Reds pics in that news video above.