Danny Seiton is a baseball player. But he hasn’t seen a pitch, fielded a ground ball or taken the field this season, and that has him understandably frustrated.
Seiton, a sophomore infielder at Northern Illinois and a Batavia graduate, separated his shoulder during the winter, keeping him off the field this year. In fact, the recovery process went so awry that the decision was made to shut him down for the entire season.
“I separated my shoulder over winter break. It was supposed to be an eight-week recovery, and for some reason it didn’t heal how I wanted it to and I’ve been having problems with it throughout the season,” Seiton said. “So we just decided to redshirt me and to let my shoulder heal on its own.”
For Seiton, the situation is all too familiar. Injuries have followed him the past several seasons, going back to his time with the Bulldogs. Unfortunately, he’s used to being hurt. And he’s used to the emotional state that comes with it.
“I was real frustrated. Especially because coming out of high school my senior year I had labrum surgery on my right shoulder, which set me behind coming into college. And that injury also bothered me during freshman year. So I haven’t been consistently able to play baseball for almost three years now due to injury,” he said. “So it’s just a frustrating situation to deal with. It [stinks] being put down again because of an injury.”
The light on the horizon, however, is that come next season, Seiton will finally be able to show the Huskies and everyone else what he’s like at 100 percent. He played in 28 games last season, starting five. He picked up five hits in 23 at-bats but scored eight runs and drove in a pair.
But there are other issues stemming from his time sitting out. While his shoulder recovers, his teammates are practicing, playing in games, competing. It’s that last one that Seiton hasn’t been able to do, and he knows it’s putting him behind.
“Since I’ve been injured on and off for so long it’s been hard to compete with the guys,” he said. “At this level, when you’re injured everyone else is working like crazy, and they’re going three steps ahead of you when you’re going five steps back sitting on the bench or rehabbing.”
While injury-induced frustration has been the norm for Seiton since arriving in DeKalb, he said that all is well off the field after the initial transition from high school to college every student faces. And on the field, once that shoulder heals all the way, he’ll try to do what he did at Batavia, specifically when he turned in .491 and .349 batting averages in his sophomore and junior seasons, respectively.
But even though he hasn’t been at full strength in years, there’s still hope for next season.
“Health is my main concern right now,” he said.
• Vinnie Duber writes the weekly On Campus column for the Kane County Chronice. If you have a column idea on local athletes competing in college, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.