There is no denying Jackson Roloff has encountered his fair share of impediments over a relatively short period of time. A reclassified seventh-grader at the time, the Boston native was considered a pitcher on the rise at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols since transferring from Dexter Southfield.
At the start of his sophomore campaign in 2019, Roloff and the rest of his BB&N teammates made their annual March preseason trip to Florida. In the Knights’ opening tilt in Port St. Lucie, Roloff was summoned out of the bullpen midway through the contest. The right-hander lasted three innings before noticing something wasn’t right in his pitching elbow.
“I felt some discomfort on the end of my elbow just outside the pointy bone that sticks out when you bend your arm,’’ said Roloff. “I actually went back into the game to play outfield, and threw a ball during the end of the game because I did not know the severity of what had happened. When I woke up the next morning, I could not bend my arm.”
As he lay in bed, he noticed his right arm would lock up and he could hear a crunch of bones within the elbow hitting against one another any time he tried to extend it. As it turned out, following an examination upon the team’s return trip home, Roloff learned that an 11-millimeter piece of bone had broken off in his capitulum and was floating within the elbow joint.