Feb. 5, 2010
As the Washington baseball team takes the field each day at Husky Ballpark, practicing for the start of the 2010 season, a familiar face is back among the Purple and Gold.
Senior second baseman Bradley Boyer is back in a U-Dub baseball uniform after a year away from the game. Boyer, a regular starter during the 2006 through 2008 seasons, sat out the 2009 campaign after undergoing surgery. Due to new NCAA rules that limit college baseball rosters to 35 players, he wasn't even an official member of the team last year, so that his place on the roster could be used for someone else.
But, now he's back and, like the rest of the Diamond Dawgs, he's excited for the start of the season, which opens two weeks from today vs. New Mexico State in Tucson, Ariz.
GoHuskies.com sat down for a quick Q & A with Boyer Thursday before the start of practice. Here's what the senior from Lake Tapps, Wash., had to say:
GoHuskies.com: Tell us exactly what happened in terms of your injury.
Boyer: I had a reconstructive elbow surgery -- UCL, also known as "Tommy John" surgery. I hurt it playing summer ball down in California. I got the surgery done in September  and just got back to playing last June.
GoHuskies.com: So, how is your health now?
Boyer: I feel great! I couldn't be happier with my elbow. I feel like the surgery really helped out. I'm just super happy to be back on the field.
GoHuskies.com: You were away from baseball and from the team for a year. How was that for you?
Boyer: It was extremely frustrating for me, not being on the field and not being out here with my good buddies who I've been around for so many years. But I was able to take a step back, and I was able to coach a youth team, which gave me a different look at the baseball side of things. That was a good experience for me.
GoHuskies.com: What did you take, as a player, from your experience coaching kids?
Boyer: It's one of those things where you coach the kids the things you've been taught. And then you step back and ask yourself, "why am I not doing all of these things as a player?" I'm coaching the fundamentals and I had to ask myself why I wasn't doing all the things I was asking them to do.
GoHuskies.com: During this long layoff, was there ever a thought that you might not come back for the 2010 season?
Boyer: No, I always had the intention of coming back. I would never have had the surgery if I didn't intend to come back. Baseball is what I love to do, and now I'll give it one more crack and hopefully go on and play beyond this year.
GoHuskies.com: So, it's safe to assume that you're looking forward to getting the season started?
Boyer: Oh yeah. I've never looked forward to baseball as much as I have this year.