Baseball: A lost season for Boldt
Ryan Boldt's senior season is over almost before it began.
The Red Wing High School senior injured his right knee during the first game of the season but received a positive prognosis of a bone bruise that also included the possibility of a slight tear of the lateral meniscus. However, Boldt did not exhibit any other symptoms associated with a tear, no bleeding in the knee or swelling.
Having already scheduled a doctor's visit for Monday morning at the TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Bloomington, Minn., the decision was made to undergo arthroscopic surgery. The scope revealed a posterior lateral meniscus tear.
"It was very successful," Chris Boldt, Ryan's mother, said of Monday's surgery. "The good thing is that they were able to correct any potential issue in the future. Ryan's knee is really in good shape now. We're totally comfortable and confident that his knee will be absolutely fine. Now, it's just a matter of waiting it out for a while, rehabbing it when he's able to do that and continuing on his course."
Ryan, signed to play baseball for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, will be non-weight bearing on his right leg for up to four weeks, followed by a couple months of rehab.
"While obviously it's disappointing to Ryan to not finish out the season with his teammates, he's a senior and it's important to him to play with his team, it's just terribly unfortunate timing," Chris said.
The initial injury occurred on a slide into third base by the Wingers' center fielder during Game 1 of a doubleheader against Farmington April 26 in Rochester. Ryan then re-injured the knee chasing a fly ball in Game 2 and was removed from action. He saw a physician the next day and was put on a physical therapy regimen to keep from further injuring the knee. But discomfort persisted in the knee and while at home on Saturday, Ryan's knee locked up and led to the decision for surgery.
Before the injury, Ryan was considered by many a sure-fire first-round pick in Major League baseball's amateur draft June 6-8. ESPN's Keith Law had Ryan ranked the 13th best draft prospect and Baseball America had him as the 22nd-rated prospect. But it's unknown how knee surgery will impact Ryan's draft stock. Law tweeted Wednesday that the injury "drops him out of first round. Might get him to Nebraska," and Baseball America's Jim Callis tweeted that "(Boldt) was so good last summer, still thinks he goes pretty high."
Ryan was a member of Team USA's 18-and-under team that took gold in Seoul, South Korea last September and was also named MVP of the Perfect Game All-American Classic August 12 in San Diego.
And this isn't Ryan's first injury. Back in Little League, he broke his left elbow, enduring multiple surgeries and a switch of his throwing arm. Despite the latest diagnosis, Ryan remains in good spirits, his mother said.
"Ryan's compliant, Ryan's resilient, he's had to manage through adversity in the past and there's no reason to think it won't continue this time," Chris said. "He understands that it's a bump in the road, he understands the timing is terribly unfortunate but the process for healing is something he'll be focusing on. The rest of the things will fall into place where they're supposed to be."