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UW-Milwaukee's Long pitching better than ever

Rapids native overcame leg, elbow injuries to excel for Panthers

12:09 AM, Apr. 21, 2013
Rapids native Jake Long has overcome leg and elbow injuries to continue playing baseball at UW-Milwaukee.
Rapids native Jake Long has overcome leg and elbow injuries to continue playing baseball at UW-Milwaukee.
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Jake Long sat with his mother, Sue, in a doctor's office two years ago, when the Rapids native wondered if continuing to play baseball was worth it.

The doctor told the right-handed pitcher, who already had a titanium rod in his right leg because of an earlier baseball injury, that he would need to undergo a ligament-replacement surgery in his elbow.

Long had already missed most of the previous two seasons at UW-Milwaukee because of injuries. This diagnosis meant missing yet another one. ...

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