PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.—The knee injury that ailed Jake Hager during his 2014 season and the surgery that caused him to painfully miss the entire 2015 season are history.
And now Hager is once again looking forward to a bright future.
One of promising prospects from the Rays 2011 draft haul when they had 10 of the first 60 picks, Hager is determined to get back on that track, having made it to Triple-A Durham last season.
And he would like to think he is better for having gone through the travails.
"I think it made me stronger,'' Hager said. "Like I said when I got the surgery, it was a minor setback for a major comeback. That's what I told myself, and to stay positive through it. Now I'm here and I'm going to do whatever I can to help the team out.''