Baseball: Diagnosis promising for Wingers' Boldt
The scouts, fans and players held their breath waiting for Red Wing's Ryan Boldt to stand up Friday in Rochester. Boldt, the No. 13-ranked draft prospect according to ESPN senior baseball analyst Keith Law, fell to the ground clutching his right knee after chasing a fly ball Friday against Farmington.
It was an unsettling moment for the Wingers and their star player. But after getting an MRI on Saturday and meeting with an orthopedist on Monday, everyone can let go a sigh of relief.
Boldt's knee pain was the result of a bone bruise suffered earlier in Friday's games and he evaded a serious knee injury.
"He went to an exceptional orthopedist," Ryan's mother Chris Boldt said. "We are comfortable that they were very thorough."
Ryan originally tweaked his knee sliding into third base during Game 1 of the Wingers' doubleheader against Farmington. Then, in the third inning of Game 2, Ryan took a couple steps toward a fly ball in center field and crashed to the ground.
"It was an awkward slide," Chris said of the initial injury. "When he was in the outfield, he hit a gopher hole or whatever. He said, 'Even when I fell, I didn't feel pain but the weird sensation when I slide into third base. I was going to try to stand but by that time, everybody is running out.' It was more out of precaution than anything."
Red Wing kept Ryan out of Tuesday's doubleheader against Holy Angels in Red Wing and he is also questionable for Thursday's doubleheader at Northfield. He has already began rehabbing on a stationary bike and will see the doctor again on Friday before proceeding with more activity.
"Pain will be the guide for Ryan," Chris said, "if it's painful, don't do it. He'll be smart about it. He's excited to get back on the ball field."