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Voodoo Athlete of the Week: Pitcher Kaleb Roper

(WGNO) - This week’s New Orleans Voodoo Athlete of the Week headed west with a much improved right arm, his rehab from surgery on the fast track.

Rummel pitcher Kaleb Roper had Tommy John Surgery March 24, 2014.

The surgery repaired a torn elbow ligament. He attacked his rehab with ferocity, and it paid off. Roper left this month for the University of Arizona.

The school and local physical therapist Andre Labbe will work together with roper on this continued rehabilitation.

“It came to the point where we are starting to hold back a little bit. Because, his body has progressed really fast. His elbow has progressed really fast, and we kind of forget that we are only 4 months post op,” Labbe said.

The next step for roper is long toss, according to Labbe. He is scheduled to start throwing downhill in September.

“This was a bump in the road for him. He never lost faith that he was going to recover from this. You saw it in his eyes. He was easy,” Labbe said.

Rummel and University of Arizona pitcher Kaleb Roper, is this week’s New Orleans Voodoo Athlete of the Week.