COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As Dwight Schmidt absorbed the news of his younger son’s baseball injury, he couldn’t help but wonder, “Why my boys?”
It wasn’t the first time the Marine colonel was faced with life-altering news about his sons.
Two years ago, Clemson pitcher Clate Schmidt was diagnosed with nodular sclerosing Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Fast forward to this year and Clate’s younger brother Clarke, a South Carolina righty projected as a potential first-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft, learned in the middle of his stellar junior season he tore a ligament in his right elbow. Clarke was facing Tommy John surgery and more than a year of rehabilitation.
“You can’t help but think, ‘Why is this happening?'” said Dwight Schmidt, who is in the Marine reserves. “You try and make sense of it all.”
It’s what the Schmidts have had to do — twice.
Clarke Schmidt, the Gamecocks’ ace, felt some forearm tightness when he left the game at Florida on April 20. He told his family there was nothing to worry about, that some rest and time in the training room would take care of things. But the following Monday, Schmidt was told he had torn the ulnar collateral ligament in his right…