I don’t remember the exact date, but in and around the late summer or early fall of 2008, culminating from several years of trying to figure out what was causing rotator cuff problems in Andrew’s right shoulder after training for a few short months every spring, the Dr. determined he had a “loose shoulder” and did a capsule shift on Andrews right shoulder. It was a big decision at the time as we had to come to grips with missing a fall baseball season, his first high school basketball season and most likely a spring baseball season, let alone the worry and concern over your child. Will he ever be able to do what he loves again – play baseball? We certainly had some ups and downs as his body got used to his joint being manipulated as it was, but the love of the game and a real desire to play at the college level drove him to do what it took even though it was a struggle. The end result for baseball with Jefferson high School – All region in baseball in 2010, team captain 2012 along with much success playing summer baseball with an organization called “Team Elite” here in Georgia. Additionally, he started on his high school basketball team for 3 years as well, making it to the final 4 in 2010 and to the elite 8 in 2011 and sweet 16 in 2012. His crowing achievement on this whole adventure thus far is that he was fortunate to have been recruited by 6 colleges for baseball. One of them was the United States Naval Academy. His decision was to go to the Academy, to my surprise as this was never on our radar screen so to speak. It was an extremely rigorous application process to say the least. His ability to pitch a baseball, in my opinion, played a huge role in his being awarded with admission. Only 1200 of close to 25,000 applicants get in on a yearly basis. In the Navy lingo, he was identified as a blue chip athlete. They don’t get the cream of the crop, as an individual must have many assets to attend. To say the least we are very proud and honored that he has this opportunity. It would not have been possible if it wasn’t for that successful day in the hospital back in 2009, it all started there. I have attached a couple photo’s – he is # 26. Please share this with the Dr. along with a big thank you!
In closing, I have to tell you one more ironic thing to show what this kid has had to overcome. In the summer of 2012 prior to attending the academy, the 1200 chosen have to go through a 6 week training called “plebe summer” (Navy Freshman are called Plebe’s). It encompasses physical, mental as well as academic challenges. This includes Martial arts training. Well, to make another long story shorter, in late August after only a few weeks of fall practice Andrew’s elbow was bothering him. After an MRI they determined a tiny bone chip was getting in the way of a tendon and his joint from time to time which they attributed to the martial arts training because Andrew said he “kind of remembered” a specific day of training where he tweaked his elbow. So another minor arthroscopic surgery to remove it and he had to miss the fall season due to recovery, but was pretty much 100% healthy again late November. Thus, he has not found the mound yet this spring but he tells me he is throwing well and that he should see the field real soon and his study’s are going well too.
Thank you again Sports Medicine South!