Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
Current Status: Red Shirt Junior
Growing up in Nederland, Texas, Alex was always known as the "kid with the arm". From the time he first started T-ball and Pop Warner football, his arm was always the focus of his athletic prowess. A two-time all-district quarterback and catcher at Nederland High School, Alex's goal was to play college baseball. While recruited at SFA as a catcher, he spent his true freshman year as both catcher and pitcher. Returning to SFA as a sophomore, his coaches determined that his pitching abilities were the key to helping the team and to Alex's future. With a 56 game schedule, Alex appeared in 32 games, second most in the Southland Conference and those 32 appearances tied him for the most ever in a season by an SFA pitcher. While most appearances were as the "set-up man", his record was 4-3 and he averaged over a strikeout per inning. Around Christmas time 2009, Alex felt something was just not right with his arm and team trainers put him on a regimen of rest and rehab for 3 months. He threw in 5 games early in the 2010 season but still knew there was something wrong with his arm.
An appointment was made to visit Dr. Lowe in mid-April, 2010. After a thorough exam by Dr.Lowe, arrangements were made to have a contrast MRI done that same day. During the exam Dr Lowe mentioned he was about to be out of town for a week, but indicated he would check on the results of the MRI and would call prior to leaving. Unfortunately, the MRI indicated a detached UCL, but at least all finally knew what was causing the pain. True to his promise, Dr. Lowe called Alex and relayed the news while at the airport preparing to board his flight via telephone. While extremely reassuring in delivering the news, Dr. Lowe also indicated he would make arrangements with his office to provide whatever services we decided on even though he was going to be out of town. Tommy John surgery was scheduled for the day after Dr. Lowe returned to Houston. Cynthia, Dr. Lowe's nurse in his Sugar Land office called with details and was available on several occasions to answer questions, take care of insurance arrangements, and let us know what to expect on the day of surgery and with follow-up thereafter. On the day of surgery, Dr.Lowe gave us details of what to expect over the next few weeks as well as set up the appointments for follow-up at his office. Surgery went exactly as planned and at this point (7 months after) can only be described as extremely successful. Dr.Lowe's Athletic Trainer, David Viaclovsky, assisted with the rehab process and schedule and both he and Dr.Lowe have been readily accessible via phone (yes, we were even given Dr. Lowe's cell number), email and text when needed. Appointments were made well in advance to accommodate Alex's school schedule. It has been amazing how "available" they have made themselves, knowing how busy they most certainly are.
All said, Alex appears to be on schedule for SFA's 2011 upcoming year. He is carefully following the rehab process and is getting stronger every session. Given the experience the Moshier family has had with Dr.Lowe and his staff, we cannot recommend them highly enough. Thanks, team Lowe!