Hunter's Recovery Hits A Snag

Torii Hunter Jr.’s future is up in the air. The freshman wide receiver broke his left femur in January at a U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice and has been working to get healthy for his rookie season.

A rehabilitation process following surgery was expected to take six months, but now the timeline is less certain. In a recent story in the South Bend Tribune, Hunter Jr. said doctors have pumped the brakes.

“I’ve been trying to keep the leg strong, doing my upper-body workouts and trying to stay in shape on the bike,” Hunter told the Tribune. “There’s only so much you can do. “They have no idea. It was supposed to be healed, but I don’t know. It’s just not.”

The 2013 season now looks to be in doubt for the Texan. The time away might tempt him to pursue baseball. His father, Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, could conceivably add teammate to his list of fatherly duties after Hunter Jr. was drafted by the Tigers in the 36th round earlier this month.

“This is my dream; I don’t know what his dream is,” Hunter Sr. told Mlive.com about his son on June 8. “I know he loves baseball and football. One day he’s going to pick and choose. It might be tomorrow. We don’t know. It’s whatever he wants. You play a long time in baseball — I’ve proved that. I’ve been playing a while — 20 years in professional ball — but at the same time, he has to find his path and find his way.”

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