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Vestal HS grad recovering from Tommy John Surgery

APALACHIN -- Vestal High School pitcher William McCabe had a tough choice to make. Forego his senior season with the Golden Bears to have Tommy John surgery, or wait until after the season and possibly never pitch in college.

The lefty, hotly recruited by Mount Aloysius College in Pennsylvania, opted to have the reconstructive surgery this spring.

"My arm's on fire. It's hurting a little bit," said McCabe.

The 2013 Vestal High School grad first felt pain in his left elbow late last year.

"The doctor, after the surgery, came right in and said, 'There wasn't even a ligament attached to your elbow. It was completely gone.' It was actually discintigrated halfway up my arm," he describes.

McCabe had Tommy John surgery on April 28. In addition to the  tendons his doctor removed from his wrist to replace the ligament in his elbow, the Vestal High School grad also has two screws in his elbow. His recovery process has been a long one.

In terms of getting his motion back, McCabe offered, "Trying to move my elbow was probably the hardest part because I physically couldn't. My elbow let me know when I couldn't move it any further. It would hurt really bad."

But the 18 year old toughed it up.

"I would let it basically hang, elbow on the bed. I'd let my forearm - gravity pull it to the bed. I'd wake up in the morning really sore but I'd just have to work it out," he said.

William says the decision to sit out his senior season was a tough one, but even though he wasn't playing, McCabe certainly remained part of the team.

"The day of the surgery I ended up at practice later that day," recalled William.

Having played baseball since age five, William McCabe is eagerly awaiting that first time he steps on the mound at Mount Aloysius.

"I just want to throw again off the mound. I want to be able to strike kids out. I want to be able to produce ground outs. I just want to pitch again," William said.

William McCabe begins his collegiate career this week.

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