LEXINGTON, KY (WTVQ) – Baseball may have brought Freshman Pitcher Sam Wibbels to Lexington. It also may have saved his life. Wibbels was a star pitcher at Hastings High School in Nebraska was rated the best baseball player to come out of that state in 2019.
After moving to Lexington in August, Wibbels notice his fingers in his pitching hand were purple, following a pitching session. He and his family didn’t think it was too serious until it happened again three days later.
After several test, doctors discover that Wibbels had a rare condition called Fibromuscular Dysplasia. The condition cause arteries near his collar bone to be twisted and deformed. It’s a condition that Wibbels has apparently lived with his whole life. Had it not been for pitching, it could have gone unchecked and led to a potential stroke.
Doctors were able to perform successful surgery. Wibbels injury though meant that UK couldn’t have him on their fall roster, but they still made sure that Wibbels felt a part of the team through post cards in the mail and social media.
“People in Nebraska and people in Kentucky are very similar. They were always checking in on me,” said Wibbels. “It’s not until you have a situation like that, that you realize that people really care about you.”
Sam made the drive back to Lexington last week for spring semester. He won’t be able to take the mount this season for the cats, but the expectation is that he’ll be ready to go for the 2021 season.