Tuesday night, exactly 11 months to the day after his 'Tommy John' arm surgery, UMaine pitcher Justin Courtney climbs back on the hill and will face the nationally ranked (17-4) Alabama Crimson Tide.

Ironically, Courtney had his surgery done in Alabama by the medical group founded by the legendary Dr. James Andrews.

The elbow surgery is named after former MLB pitcher Tommy John who had the first UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) procedure done and had a successful career afterward.

The time frame of 10 to 12 months recovery and rehab is right on target for Courtney. He has been with the team on roadtrips and throwing on the side since early February and says he feels great.

The 6-foot-4 redshirt senior Courtney made four starts a year ago before shutting it down and getting the surgery.

Two years ago, he made a team-high 15 starts and had a team-best ERA of 3.92.

Courtney played his high school ball at Bangor. He helped the Rams get their first of what is now five straight state titles back in 2014.

NOTE: The Black Bears have today off on their spring break trip. They will enter the Tuesday night game vs Alabama with a 1-15 record. The one win was a 6-4 victory over Samford. Former Bangor pitcher Peter Kemble got the win and another former Rams pitcher, Trevor Delaite got the save.

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