Five surgeries on a throwing arm is enough to end most pitching careers. For Michael Matusz, it just meant learning a new skill set. The sophomore at Woodbridge (N.J.) High School is a natural righty.
Matusz broke his right arm in kindergarten, just around the time he was starting to learn to play baseball. At that point, doctors diagnosed a bone cyst near his right elbow. Removing the cyst required five surgeries between first and fourth grades, according to MyCentralJersey.com reporter Greg Tufaro.
Throughout that time, Matusz learned to pitch, and completely fell in love with the game – but eventually doctors told him he'd have to make a change if he wanted to keep going with the sport.
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“After (the surgeries) the doctors said I had to switch over, that I can’t throw with my (right) arm anymore,” said