I tore my ACL in the second week of May, which was during my high school season. After much talk with the surgeon, my family and I decided to postpone surgery until after tournament season so that with lots of PT and wearing the brace, I could partially play. Hitting was unobstructed and looked like it was going to be successful. No baserunning allowed. Fielding in the outfield wasn't bad either, there was just the danger of re-injury (which I full understood).
After playing a little in my tournament last weekend (5 at bats, 3 innings in the field) I was starting to feel like I could be successful this season. I was ready to work hard to get my hitting back up to speed and keep my knee strong. Also, this season would have been my first on an 18U showcase team.
Well, last night at practice I re-injured my knee during an outfield drill (which I probably shouldn't have done in the first place). Now because of this, I am 100% out for the rest of the season. Because of the first injury and the surgery, I had to cancel two of the camps that I was planning on going to, but now I'm just done for good this summer.
I'm absolutely devastated, I was so excited for my first year of showcase, and up until I tore my ACL, I felt really confident about my skills and was ready to take my game to the next level. Now all of my plans to get seen by colleges, get stronger and faster, and improve my game have just come crashing down. I just finished sophomore year in HS so I know I still have next year, but I really wanted this year too.
How can I know that after surgery I will be able to come back and compete with the rest of my team, who are getting a season of playing at 18U and a season of great instruction from my coaches? I'm worried that this injury will ruin any chances that I have of playing for a D1 school. Does anyone have any advice?