When Joel Davis woke up in early August and asked his mother, Lynne, if the doctor had called back with his test results, he knew what it meant as soon as she answered “Yes.”
“My arm's torn, isn't it,” Davis asked.
Lynne said it was and asked how he knew.
“You would've woken me up if it hadn't been,” Davis said.
Just two days before Davis was scheduled to start practice as Midwest City senior quarterback, his season was done in by a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He needed Tommy John surgery.
Now, around eight months after the surgery, Davis is back playing shortstop for the Bombers after starting the season as a designated hitter.
“I feel like my old self again,” Davis said.
It took awhile for him to get to that point — both physically and mentally.
The physical was the easy part, as his doctor, Kevin Hargrove, helped him get the surgery scheduled with renowned doctor James Andrews.
On his visit to Florida for the surgery, Davis met then-Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford. Andrews performed the same operation on Crawford the same day he operated on Davis.
“Even though I wasn't a superstar like everybody else out there, I got treated with superstar hospitality,” Davis said.
The mental part of his recovery took quite a bit longer.
“It was probably one of the worst moments in my life,” Davis said. “I was going in to my senior year, my (baseball) recruiting was picking up big time and everything seemed good.”