University of Charleston catcher Jack Goddess couldn't come up with any cortisone to ease his aching arm, so he turned to Plan Bee.
And the bees have come through for the senior, who has boosted his batting average from .211 to .375 since substituting stings for cortisone shots.Goddess began looking for a solution to his pain problems earlier this season, when pain from a rotator cuff problem in his right shoulder dropped his batting average and impaired his throwing.
Goddess said he couldn't find cortisone in Charleston or in his hometown of Allentown, Pa., so his father, a railroad brakeman also named Jack, suggested they visit a family friend who keeps bees.
The friend, Lee Schleicher, plunked down a bee on Goddess' shoulder and let the insect do its thing. Bee venom causes the body to produce an anti-inflammatory agent that has the same pain-killing effect as cortisone.
Schleicher gave Goddess a starter supply of stingers and sent him back to the diamond. And, the unusual treatment worked.
He said his biggest problem has been finding a supply of bees, because inflicting a sting is fatal to the insects.