Tidelands Health physician returns from evaluating players at Chicago Cubs spring training
Busy only begins to describe last weekend for Dr. William Greer.
The Tidelands Health orthopedic surgeon went to the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility in Mesa, Arizona. It was the fourth year Dr. Greer was invited to participate in preseason medical evaluations of the organization’s minor-league players, including those of the Cubs’ Class A-Advanced affiliate, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
Tidelands Health, a regional leader in sports medicine, is the official health care provider for the Pelicans. Tidelands Health is also the official health system of the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers.
“There’s a lot of energy at spring training because players are competing for roster spots and gearing up for the start of the season,” said Dr. Greer, a former Pittsburgh Pirates team physician who offers care at Tidelands Health Orthopedics at Murrells Inlet. “For the Cubs, the anticipation is even greater because everyone has high hopes for the team this year.”
The Cubs are coming off a record fourth consecutive trip to the playoffs. The Pelicans, meanwhile, are seeking a return to the Carolina League Championships after three consecutive appearances from 2014-2016.
Dr. Greer flew into Phoenix late Friday night, arrived at the Cubs’ spring training facility at 6 a.m. on Saturday, worked with a team of physicians and trainers to perform player medical evaluations, attended an educational session on concussions and was back up by 4:30 a.m. Sunday to fly back to South Carolina.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s also very energizing to be in that environment,” said Dr. Greer, a member of the Tidelands Health board of trustees. “I can’t imagine a better way to start the baseball season.”
Dr. Greer and other members of the Tidelands Health Sports Medicine Institute will be at each of the Pelicans’ 70 home games this season to care for players on both the home and visiting teams.
The Pelicans begin the 2019 campaign with the Battle of the Beaches exhibition game on April 2 at home against the Charleston RiverDogs. The team’s first regular-season game is at home two days later against the Lynchburg Hillcats.
“We are grateful to work with the medical team at Tidelands Health,” said Ryan Moore, general manager of the Pelicans. “We rely on their expertise to help keep players in top physical shape and to provide guidance in response to injuries."
Dr. Greer is optimistic the Pelicans can improve upon the team’s 61-78 record from last year.
“Everyone involved with the team is committed to its success,” said Dr. Greer. “It’s a great organization, and I’m looking forward to a fun and exciting season.”