About two months ago, just days before The Bolles School began baseball tryouts, shortstop Austin Slater was playing Frisbee with a few teammates, just blowing off some steam before the season. The game ended when Slater came down awkwardly and broke his ankle.
The injury, which Slater described as “kind of a bummer,” required surgery and doctors inserted a plate and a couple screws about a week later. Slater’s senior season is in jeopardy, though he is hopeful he will be able to return to action in time for the playoffs in early May.
Missing all or most of his senior season will likely hurt Slater’s stock in June’s MLB Draft. He is committed to Stanford, but was drawing plenty of attention from pro scouts as well. Before he was injured, Slater said teams had already invited him to predraft workouts and many others were interested in scouting him during the season.
“I’m hoping to be 100 percent by then,” Slater said. “Hopefully [teams] like what they see if I went out to some of those predraft workouts.”
Slater is still early in the rehab process. He said on March 22 he had been walking about a week and a half and was looking forward to a doctor’s visit March 23 where he hoped to be told what else he could
Having to be a spectator has been a new experience for Slater, but he said he has learned from it.
“I think I’ve matured in a way having to watch my teammates and having no ability to help them out,” Slater said. “It’s a learning process for me.”
The Bolles School would have to make at least the regional quarterfinals for Slater to be able to help his teammates on the field again if his rehab schedule continues as expected. If not, Slater is prepared to keep his role of cheerleader, even if he isn’t accustomed to it.
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