Hillcats' pitcher overcomes Tommy John surgery; makes All-Star team

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ) -- You wouldn't know it looking at him now, but Hillcats' pitcher Sam Hentges has quite the comeback story.

He was out of the game for a year after Tommy John surgery, now two years later, he is a part of the 2018 Carolina League All Star game.

"I didn't think actually, believe it or not, I didn't think I was going to be in the All-Star game. I had already made plans to go home and visit my family, but I'm happy to be going to the All Star game," Hentges said.

An accomplishment made even sweeter after a long road of recovery, a road that Sam still travels every day he steps on the field.

"It's gonna get sore and my elbow is gonna be sore and that's just a part of the surgery that I had," he said. "Kinda just going in every day taking some of the stuff I did in rehab for the elbow, taking that a putting it into my day to day routine is something that helps it. Just digging deep and working hard every day. It's definitely paid off this far, just gotta keep going."

The Hillcats and Salem Red Sox finish up the first half of their seasons with this series. You can catch players from both teams taking the field for the All Star game on Tuesday."