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April 23, 2014

Shocking news for MVC: Andover's Bryant back on hill

LAWRENCE -- Two years, two surgeries, a half-dozen comeback tries in either of two sports and one dose of reality.

After such a promising freshman season in which he started for the shorthanded basketball team and came out of the Andover High bullpen regularly in the spring, Reid Bryant’s high school career took a turn that you wish on no student-athlete.

Like the 7-6 win he closed out for the Golden Warriors over Lawrence yesterday, Bryant hopes to slam the door shut on those two brutal years and salvage the next 14 months.

Behind it all has been some medicine, a little magic and a whole lot of pain, watts and watts of it.

Bryant’s unexpectedly rapid rise this spring is the product of “ARP” an electro-shock therapy that is used to stimulate the muscles around his knee and help them rejuvenate.

Hooking up to an electric current is at tough as it sounds.

“On the pain scale (1-10), it’s definitely a nine, like the most painful thing I’ve ever been through,” said Bryant.

Dan thought his son might have been exaggerating. Not since Dan began similar therapy on his ailing foot.

“I laughed at him,” said the father. “I’m not laughing now. I’m telling you, it hurts ... a lot.”

“Hopefully, it’s finally behind me,” said Reid, who tore his meniscus and the patellar tendon in his knee back in August of 2012. “It feels good, better and better. Coach has done a nice job of limiting my pitches and I’ve been able to go longer and longer.”

Bryant has progressed to the point that he’s tentatively scheduled to make his first start, Saturday vs. Nashua North. The left-hander showed nothing but guts in locking down his first save of the year with two innings of two-hit relief. He came in with the bases-loaded in the sixth and escaped by allowing just one of the three inherited runners to score.

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