Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 2/22/12
HOUSTON Chase McDowell was hasty with his contemplation. He had consulted with two of the best physicians in their field, Dr. David Lintner and Dr. J.P. Bramhall, and didn't hesitate on a course of action. McDowell had options. The discomfort that caused him to abort the final start of his sophomore season was diagnosed as ulnar collateral ligament damage. Like fellow Rice right-hander Mike Ojala two years earlier, McDowell could have pitched through the pain and the completion of 2011 season, and then undergone reconstructive surgery. Instead, McDowell opted to have Bramhall perform the procedure six days after McDowell strolled off the Reckling Park mound against Louisiana Tech. On Tuesday night at Reckling Park, two days beyond the 11-month anniversary of his previous outing, the decision McDowell reached last March was validated as absolutely, unequivocally correct. "I've known Bramhall pretty much my whole life so he knew, this (being) my junior year (relative to the first-...
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