Astorino Rehabbing Hard

Safety confirms he will skip spring ball following shoulder surgery last month but hopes to be back at full strength by August.

Penn State safety Drew Astorino had surgery on his left shoulder Jan. 15. At the Nittany Lions' Make-A-Wish” activities at Lasch Building Saturday afternoon, the junior-to-be discussed the procedure for the first time.

“I got my sling off about four days ago -- I had been in a sling for a while -- and overall it went really well,” he said. “Dr. [Wayne] Sebastianelli did a great job. I've been rehabbing twice a day. I'll continue to work with George [Salvaterra] in the rehab room twice a day for the next couple of months and hopefully get to 100 percent.”

Sebastianelli is PSU's director of athletic medicine and Salvaterra is the Nittany Lions' longtime trainer.

Astorino also confirmed that he will miss all of spring practice.

“I'll be rehabbing, so I probably couldn't do it anyway,” he said. “But it is also a precaution. It really is not worth me doing spring ball and getting hurt again. So I'm just going to keep working and getting stronger, then move into summer and then camp.”

Though the shoulder bothered him throughout the 2009 season, at the time Astorino was reluctant to give details on exactly what was happening. He cleared that up Saturday, too, while explaining how anxious he is to finally play healthy again.

“I'm really happy to have gotten my shoulder done,” he said. “Just going to Drill 6 (seven-on-seven drills) today, I was there watching and helping some young guys out and just wishing I could be out there. Being 100 percent is going to be a lot better than getting a shoulder stinger every time I hit or engage somebody. So I'm really looking forward to it.”


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