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Miami Hurricanes infielder David Thompson recuperating after surgery

A day after six-hour surgery at UM Hospital to repair the situation that caused a blood clot in his right arm, Miami infielder David Thompson was in considerable pain but working toward a full recovery.

“The surgery was successful,’’ said his father, Ed Thompson. “The doctors were here [Tuesday] morning and are very pleased with how everything looks. Now the healing process has begun.

“He’s heartbroken is the best way to say it right now, but determined to get back. He is in a lot of pain.”

Thompson, a Hurricanes sophomore and former star at Miami Westminster Christian, last week developed swelling in his right arm because of venous thoracic outlet syndrome. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is defined as “a group of disorders that occur when the blood vessels or nerves in the space between your collarbone and first rib (thoracic outlet) becomes compressed. This can cause pain in your shoulders and neck and numbness in your fingers.’’

Thompson, who leads the Hurricanes with a .328 batting average, had a rib removed during surgery. His father said he hopes his son will be released from the hospital by Friday.

Ed Thompson said his son will play baseball again, and a full recovery is expected. But no time frame has been given for his return to the team.

“Oh yeah, he’ll play again,’’ Ed Thompson said. “We just don’t know when. Each person is different.

“It’s too soon to tell.’’

Practice canceled

The Canes canceled football practice Tuesday morning because of torrential rain, but will open a previously closed event — called Fundamental Friday — to the public at 6 p.m. Friday.

Fundamental Friday is free to all high school and youth football players and $1 admission for everyone else, including coaches. It will be a clinic-type event that benefits Our Boy Blu Foundation — the foundation to raise money for local recruiting analyst Larry Blustein, who needs a kidney transplant.

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