Melbourne Physician To Serve At Taiwan WBC Qualifier
By Ed Pierce // November 7, 2012
Leads MLB Medical Team At Venue
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The 2012 baseball season may be coming to an end with the World Series, but for MIMA sports physician Dr. Bruce Thomas of Melbourne, baseball activities are a year-round affair.
Thomas, who also is the spring training physician for the Washington Nationals in Viera, will fly to Taiwan today to serve as the Major League Baseball physician at the Taiwan World Baseball Classic qualifying games.
“I will be going to Taiwan from November 9 to 19 to act as the MLB physician at the Taiwan WBC Qualifier venue,” Thomas said. “My official duties are to ensure that all participating MLB contracted players in the WBC Qualifiers receive a level of medical support that meets the expectations of the 30 MLB Clubs.”
Thomas will oversee care for all MLB players participating at the Taiwan WBC.
“In some cases, a country may also have their own physician. Part of my job is to assist the country’s physicians in the care of their players if they request it,” he said. “In addition, I provide liaison with the local medical care if a player requires additional medical services. I’ll work in conjunction with local medical facilities.”
While serving in Taiwan, another of his duties will be to communicate with major league teams about any injuries MLB contracted players may incur.
This is not the first time that Thomas has treated players at a WBC event. He served as the MLB venue physician at the WBC in Tokyo in 2006 and 2009.
While working at the WBC in Tokyo in 2006, he met Chinese baseball team and officials and developed a longstanding professional relationship with them, leading to his selection as the team’s physician for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
He also has been a venue physician for the United States Tennis Association and part of the medical team for USA Wrestling, a member of the U.S Olympic medical team and since 2007 has served as medical director for the Ladies Professional Golf Association.