Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- While January was long and cold for Northlanders, it was even longer for UMD senior Megan Mullen.
"They found kind of like a callous growing on my bone so they just had to go in arthroscopically and just shave it down," she said. "They didn't really know a recovery time so it was just how I felt."
For the second time in her collegiate career, the Hermantown native had her elbow worked on during the offseason.
While she was forced to watch practice from the sidelines, she says that wasn't the toughest part.
"Just going to rehab every day," Mullen said. "It's just one of those things that you don't want to go through, but you have to. You just have to get back and get back to playing."
With her final campaign winding down, Mullen wanted to get back to where she sees most games from: the mound.
"I miss it a lot. I watch these girls out here, and I would do anything, anything, to be back where they are," she said.
Despite pitching on senior day, Mullen's grown accustomed to a new position in left field.
During her career at UMD, Mullen's spent a lot of time striking batters out. Although she hasn't been on the mound very much this season, she's certainly found other ways to contribute for the Bulldogs.
"I mean, she's always there, and in it, and just giving it her all," Bulldogs sophomore Sami Schnyder. "She really gets the team motivated and going, and she's a great energy booster."
"She's done everything we've asked her to do to get ready and to be able to play her senior season," said head coach Jen Banford. "She's just been a great captain."