Southern’s Shoemaker Transfers to PSU, Talks About Tommy John Rehab

July 3 – Zac Shoemaker has been an accomplished weekend starter for Missouri Southern since 2018.

But in 2022, Shoemaker will face the Lions. On Thursday night, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound southpaw announced via Twitter that he would be relocated to MIAA rival Pittsburg state to complete his varsity and college baseball career.

“I thought about it throughout the year because I knew I had the extra year of eligibility,” Shoemaker said Saturday morning. “I was really interested in getting a (Master of Business Administration), so the MBA was a priority for me. I couldn’t decide if it was worth staying or continuing. I would have at least two more years of schooling to be able to continue playing college baseball.

“If I was going to run after this MBA, now I have a pretty good opportunity.”

Shoemaker, a future senior, is a former MIAA selection for the Lions. He had a 3.95 ERA in six starts with 35 strikeouts this season before suffering a season-ending injury this spring.

The Aurora High School product tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow after throwing just two throws against Central Missouri on April 3, and ultimately underwent Tommy John surgery shortly thereafter.

“I knew I was battling an injury,” Shoemaker said. “I was hoping nothing would come out of that. Guess it was my time. He spends quite a bit in pitchers. Looks like this year, in particular, you’re seeing a lot more guys dropping in with (Tommy John) at All levels. Maybe it happened for a reason. Maybe it didn’t. It happened, but now I’m ready to move on and start rehab. “

As for his rehabilitation, Shoemaker has already completed three physiotherapy sessions at a facility in Springfield. He mainly worked on the range of motion with his arm, which he says has been an adjustment so far.

“It’s tough,” Shoemaker said. “I knew it was going to be tough, but I didn’t know it was going to be that tough so soon. As far as that goes, I feel like I’m in good hands. I’m just ready to move on and stay on track. “

Traditionally, Tommy John’s full recovery process takes up to 12-14 months. Shoemaker said he hopes to start a lightweight throw program once he hits the four-month mark.

His goal is to start launching enclosures and doing work on level ground at eight months.

“I hope within 12 months I’ll be back where I need to be to compete at the college level,” he added. “I just need to keep my feet on the ground and stay motivated. I have to understand that this is not a clear process. You will have ups and downs, but you have to keep a cool head.

“In the meantime, I’ll try to help my new teammates as much as possible. I have four years of varsity baseball experience and freshmen sometimes need help, so I can’t wait to be. the solace they may perhaps find. “

Even as he is entering a new chapter in his career, Shoemaker said he was very lucky to have donned the Lions uniform and is grateful for the time he devoted to the program.

“Will your first time facing south be a little strange?” The shoemaker was asked.

“You know, honestly, I don’t know,” Shoemaker said. “I feel like by then it will be just another game. I happen to know more people there than a normal opponent.”

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