I played high school baseball in Texas and was drafted 2nd overall in 2010 by the Pittsburgh Pirates. I am a dual citizen of the US and Canada and played for Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. In 2014, I felt some elbow pain during Spring Training and went to see a number of top doctors to figure out what was wrong. Dr. David Altchek took one look at it and told me that my ligament was failing and that my body was creating scar tissue around the ligament. It was really interesting to learn that my body had been trying to protect my UCL without me even knowing. I really liked that Dr. Altchek was straightforward and told me exactly what was wrong and what we needed to do to fix it. Like many pitchers, I needed Tommy John surgery to fully repair the UCL. Dr. Altchek is the best in the business and I trusted him to perform the surgery in April 2014.
After two hard years of rehab, I made my MLB debut in 2016. In 2018, I had a breakout year going 14-10 for the Pirates. The following season, I started to feel discomfort in my elbow, and I knew right away that I was going to need to undergo a second Tommy John surgery. I immediately went to see Dr. David Altchek again for surgery. I am working hard in my rehab in the hopes that I can return to the mound and pitch in the majors again. I still keep in contact with Dr. Altchek and am appreciative for all he has done to help me fulfill my dreams of playing professional baseball.