Seven years ago, Don Gragnani had an injury that threatened to bench him for good. In 2010, the Barrington Hills man tore his rotator cuff while playing catcher for the Algonquin Bats in the Northern Illinois Men’s Baseball League. Gragnani has played baseball for decades, playing full-time with the Algonquin Bats in the 50-and-older division since 2008. In May 2010, Dr. Cox performed an arthroscopic surgery repair, completing a rotator cuff and labral repair and removing bone spurs on Gragnani. Both the rotator cuff and labrum were torn off the bone. After the surgery, Gragnani took the year off from baseball and worked with physical therapist Jeanie Standefer-Schmoldt to complete his long recovery. He debuted his repaired shoulder in April 2011, starting a 100-game streak catching every inning for the Bats that would continue through the 2017 season. For more information on Centegra Health System, please visit https://centegra.org/.
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