At this point I was concerned; as a gift for my 50th birthday, I was scheduled to go to my first Oakland A’s fantasy baseball camp in January of 2016, and my aching shoulder made it too painful for me to throw a baseball. A few weeks before fantasy camp, Dr. Mazzocca gave me a third PRP injection. We also discussed my options in case the injection didn’t work, and I scheduled an appointment after my return from camp. I ended up pitching three innings at camp, but I was practically wincing with every pitch. It was obvious the last injection offered no relief. When I met with Dr. Mazzocca again after camp, I decided to schedule the Shoulder HemiCAP Surgery because it was the more conservative surgical approach and I could always get a total shoulder replacement later if the partial replacement was ineffective.
Regardless, when I went back to camp in mid-January, I was adamant that my shoulder wouldn’t slow me down. I had a notebook in which I wrote down goals each day. One of them was, “performance over pain.” While I still felt some pain in the shoulder and I couldn’t throw nearly as hard as I would like, the shoulder was in far better condition than it was the year before. I was able to pitch 11 innings over a five-day span. I gave up four runs in one inning, but I never gave up a run in any of the other 10 innings. Three of those innings came in the championship game, which my team won 11-3. After that game, I then won the camp’s Home Run Derby, and I was later named camp MVP at the awards banquet.