Jake Wright overcomes major shoulder and elbow injuries

By Steele Wynne, reporter.

An injury to some may be inconvenient, but an injury to an athlete is nearly devastating — an injury can strip players of their ability to participate in a sport they have trained and enjoyed their entire lives.

Jake Wright, a sophomore at Delta College and pitcher for the Pioneers baseball team, has experienced this setback in the utmost capacity. Wright tore his UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) and broke his humerus. His UCL tear was prompted by a fall while attempting to out a sliding player and his ulna snapped while throwing a curveball during the fall of last year.

“It took me fourteen months to get back on the mound after my elbow injury and three months after my arm injury,” says Wright.

While maintaining a grueling schedule with school, work and physical therapy, Wright explains that the most difficult component to his recovery was actually psychological.

“The mental part was the hardest: the question of ‘will I ever come back’ or ‘will I ever know what really happened, or why I got hurt.’ It’s being able to trust in your body, that you’ll be okay. That’s been the toughest part for me — telling myself you’re still going to be able to play. I wanted to quit […] a lot,” says Wright, articulating self doubt he felt at the time.

Wright expounded on what kept him in the sport of baseball and what pushed him to get back on the mound.

“I just have a burning drive to do the best I can and I didn’t want to let that go. I’ve been doing this my whole life and so I wanted to continue my dream,” says Wright, expressing the intangible but very discernible passion for baseball that fueled his recovery.

Wright returned to the field Friday, March 29, for the first time since October, and gave some of his thoughts on returning.

“I’m so excited to be back,” says Wright. “I’m ready, ready to go […] but my performance wasn’t the dream comeback. I walked three guys and got pulled from the game.”

In spite of his gameplay, Wright was ecstatic to once again play the sport he has loved since the age of 4. As a pitcher, there is one vital part to your game, and that’s the arm. Without a functioning arm, one cannot be a functional player.

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