The pain is mild now and only occasional for Merrimack College sophomore Dionys Quezada.
This is good news for the Warriors’ baseball team, which got off to a solid 9-5 start on their southern spring trip.
Quezada, the team’s starting catcher from Lawrence, finished the trip hitting .323 with 14 RBIs and showing the kind of strong arm that head coach Jim Martin expected when he recruited him.
“We knew he was going to help us right away,” said Martin. “In a wooden bat conference like ours, we needed someone strong and he’s got plus-power at the plate and plus-arm power.”
Martin was expecting Quezada to do the bulk of the catching as a freshman. But he suffered a torn tendon in his wrist during fall ball that never quite healed and then, midway through the season, tore the MCL in his knee.
“It (wrist) was pretty painful,” said Quezada. “I remember for awhile I couldn’t move my fingers. I stayed away from hitting for two months but the first day (of spring practice) it still hurt so much.
“They put it in a cast and I missed the first 10 games. It started to feel a little better and I came back, but it still hurt. It gradually improved and then I tore the MCL in my knee on a collision at home.”
Quezada came back again before the season finished, but he was not at full strength. Still his numbers, for someone so banged up, were respectable, hitting .239 with a pair of home runs and 12 RBIs in 26 games.
Finally, by mid-summer playing for the Seacoast Mavericks in the SCBL, he started feeling like a complete player again.
“My wrist started feeling better and, halfway through the summer, I took my knee brace off and threw it away,” he said.