It was supposed to be a dream year for IMG Academy baseball program senior Casey Mulholland.
He earned a spot on Under Armour's All-America team. He signed with Ole Miss. He was the anchor of an IMG Academy baseball program pitching staff that came into the year with lofty expectations.
Then came a game against Seminole High.
As Mulholland tells Scout.com:
"It was the sixth inning of a game we were playing at Seminole High School," said the talented right-hander who pitches for IMG Academy's IMG Academy School in Florida. "I was feeling great. I had 11 strikeouts and there were men on first and second. I threw a curve ball and felt it pop. I continued to throw a couple of more pitches, and then I had to pull myself out."
Last week, Mulholland visited the world-famous Dr. James Andrews to repair his throwing arm. Andrews has performed surgery on thousands, including athletes like Drew Brees, Roger Clemens, Jack Nicklaus, Allen Iverson and countless others -- often not only restoring their original ability, but improving it.
For that, Mulholland's confident.
"I'm going to take it slow and do everything right," said the mature Mulholland, who obviously has professional baseball as his career goal. "This is my future, my arm, and hopefully I will make money with it someday. I don't want to come back too early."
Normally surgery and rehab of this nature are a year-long process, which means he will be perhaps 100 percent by this time next year, and the pro draft then will be weeks away in June.
But Mulholland, who turned 18 last Dec. 17, says that isn't his concern. He says being better than ever is.
"I don't want to come back from this 100 percent," he said, emphatically. "I want to come back 120 percent.
"I want to be ready to pitch for the Rebels in 2011-12."