Botox and Baseball - How a Cosmetic Procedure Could Improve Major League Game

K. Mathews on 14 Jul 2012 at 9:00am

Vance Worley sweatThe pressure of pitching in the major leagues is enough to make anyone sweat, but for Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Vance Worley, it’s especially a problem. “I sweat a lot,” Worley admits, acknowledging that his wet hands negatively affect his pitching. Perhaps this contender for baseball’s Rookie of the Year could have been a victor had he learned a secret the RealSelf community knows: Botox injections can reduce sweating. 

Although Worley may sarcastically thank his dad for passing on his sweaty genes, it legitimately hinders his ability to throw a change-up, a pitch that relies heavily on the initial grip. While Worley throws terrific fastballs, having a variety of pitches is essential to fool and strike out the batters. “[The change-up] is a good pitch but… I don’t know if it’s going to be real good with my grip,” he said. 

Despite his perspiration issues, Worley placed third in last year’s vote for Rookie of the Year of the National League. But he might have come out on top if he knew he could use Botox as an effective method to combat excessive sweating. Doctors commonly inject it into patients’ hands, feet, and armpits, with 75% of RealSelfers feeling Hyperhidrosis Treatment is worth it. 

Granted, there are a few things a pitcher would want to consider before injecting Botox into his/her hands. Not only is there a slight pain factor, but Dr. Etai Funk warns that “you may experience mild muscle weakness in your hand, but this should resolve within 1-2 weeks.” Therefore, it would make more sense to have Botox injections in the off-season to get his hand back in pitching shape in time.

One of other downsides of palm Botox injections is the cost. RealSelf community member Answerman found it successful but too pricy for something that only lasts about 6 months. He says, “If you can cough up a couple grand and get your entire palm treated, then do it.” Something tells us that on a Major League Baseball salary, money is not something for Worley to sweat about.  

Want more info? Check out: Can Botox Treat Hyperhidrosis?

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