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Life Gut Punches &...Surgery
The picture above was taken one week ago… as you can tell, we were back to enjoying baseball life (double chin & all) and felt like Matt was starting to get into a groove. The very next night (Saturday, June 16) Matt was 4-for-4 when he slid into home plate, and his thumb got caught on the catcher’s foot.
He came out of the game. We were optimistic in thinking it was just a strain. Until the swelling didn’t go down for a couple of days. June 19 the Dodgers sent Matt to Arizona to get an MRI — we were still not thinking the worst.
The next day Matt got an MRI first thing, and we quickly realized we were dealing with the worst case. A torn ligament. Surgery. 6-8 weeks recovery.
We were devastated. Obviously. Cue pity party. On both our ends. We thought we were finally in the clear for this season. Starting to really put the oblique injury behind us. Then it all comes crashing down. I’ll be honest I’m not sure we’re dealing with it well now, a week later. Just in shock and disbelief we’re right back to square one.
Matt will have surgery on June 26 to repair the UCL ligament in his left thumb. The doctor says the recovery is 6-8 weeks. The main trainer made the comment Matt can put a wrap on this season. Obviously, Matt wants to try and get back to play the last couple of weeks of the season. But we’ll just have to see how surgery goes and then take rehab one day at a time and go from there.
I’m finally in Arizona with Matt — after I hit a coyote or some type of small animal (yeah, seriously) (that I never saw before or after) on the way out to Arizona and spent the majority of the day yesterday in a body shop in Pampa, Texas, trying to get temporary fixes to get me back on the road. Shout out to Mike at Southwest Collison for bending backwards to get me out of there quickly.
As far as what’s next after surgery — we’re not sure. We’re waiting to see if Matt will be able to do rehab in OKC or AZ. Grainger and I are planning to come out to AZ if it’s here. We’re hoping for OKC though since we have apartment, job, everything there and good for Matt’s spirit and mentally if he can be around the team. But we know that’s out of our control and the Dodgers will do what they think is best.
This last week has really taken a toll on us. Shoot this whole year so far has well…sucked. I can’t remember the last time I felt this many gut punches from life in a row. I’ve been pretty down, and it’s effected my motivation to keep up the blog and everything else. I’m just being honest. And all the important people in our life just keep talking us up. And I know it could be worse. And I know we’ll get through it. And I know this is life. But all those things don’t make this suck any less. I think the hardest part is just wanting to make it all better for Matt, but that’s impossible. All we can do is be there for each other. I will say I think he is handling it better than me this time around.
Just like I said in my last blog — every setback, hurdle, tough situation and bad break Matt has overcome throughout his baseball journey has been a blessing down the road. I’m not sure how an injury filled 2018 season will be a blessing now, but I know there is one somewhere. Whether it be some kind of better setup, timing or just flat out making us stronger and dang figuring out how to handle life crap. A blessing will be there.
I asked Matt what we did to get bad karma, and he said it was just having a near perfect year last year. Maybe that’s true. But I promised to share the good and the bad so that’s what I’m doing here. We don’t want pity. We’re fine. And we’re seeing how our identity isn’t in baseball. Even though it’s a huge part right now. That we love. But our story and impact and future stories and impacts are bigger than baseball. Even though sometimes it’s hard to see past that cause it’s the dream we’re chasing. so. hard. right now.
I really do believe that your attitude can control any situation. We’re working on having a strong, positive attitude through all of this. We do want prayers through this though. We know God has our backs and His plan is so much better than ours and usually the hard times lead to something even better.
6/22/2018 04:05:15 pm
I am so sorry to read this news on Matt. Sometimes those painful, nasty hurdles redirect you in a way that you would've never imagined and in the end, it's what you needed to slow down and appreciate the journey. Our prayers to Matt for a successful surgery and steady recovery. Our thoughts and love to you both and maybe recovery time could include a visir to Duluth 😉.
7/13/2018 08:03:21 am
I hope Matt has a speedy recovery and is back playing g this season. Praying for both of you for peace and strength. My husband and I were so excited earlier this week because we finally pulled one of his cards out of a pack.
7/16/2018 12:50:36 pm
Praying for you two. Knowing you as I do I'm certain the TWO of you will overcome all of this. Matt's hitting "muscle memory" will still be there after the thumb heals...then it's...pitchers look out!
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Matt & Jesica Beaty
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