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June 7, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Prep's Mackey not ready to give up on his dream

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His father Dan was able to have his son seen by Red Sox surgeon Dr. Luke Oh, who was the first to spot a tear in the ligament. He will preform Tommy John surgery on June 28 at Patriot Place in Foxborough.

Mackey, who earned the nickname “Hammer” in his Little League days because he was always a threat to hit one out as well as mow batters down when he was on the mound, has never given up on his dream of pitching again.

“I never once thought about giving up baseball; I want to play in college, and hopefully I’ll be able to do that,” he said. “I plan to go through all the rehabilitation under Dr. Oh’s supervision, then go to a whole bunch of showcases.

“I really wish I could have contributed more to my high school baseball team. That’s something I really miss.”

“Brendan is a pitcher with complete command of his pitches,” said Letarte. “His potential is unlimited. Part of baseball and pitching tends to be injuries. If he completely recovers, he will be a force.”

Mackey worked out with Chris McKenna at the Sportsplex in Danvers. He said that he was originally diagnosed with the fracture, but the UCL tear was missed.

“At some time the bone healed back correctly, but not the ligament,” Mackey said. “Once I have the surgery Dr. Oh said I’ll have an 84 percent chance to play again.

“It’s a relief to finally know what the problem is and get it corrected. I hope my story will help other young pitchers with arm problems. I never want anyone to go through what I have, but I’ve heard these types of problems are becoming more and more common at a young age.”

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Hockey players at the Pingree School’s Johnson Rink can’t help but notice the new ‘Look Up Line’, a bright orange, 40-inch stripe painted all around the boards to help prevent injuries. The H. Alden Johnson Jr. Rink is the first in the nation to have this innovative safety feature and should be a model others follow.

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