Why Is Captain Lee From ‘Below Deck’ Having Surgery?

When Captain Lee Rosbach from Below Deck threw out a pitch at the Miami Marlins baseball game a few weeks ago, he mentioned he wasn’t quite on his game.

“Sorry i one hopped it to home plate, I hope I get another chance to do it again after the surgery. I will not disappoint,” he tweeted.  At the time, Rosbach didn’t mention what kind of surgery he faced, but now it all makes sense.

Captain Lee Rosbach, Kate Chastain, Josiah Carter
Captain Lee Rosbach, Kate Chastain, Josiah Carter |Greg Endries/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

He shared to social media he was having surgery to repair multiple injuries to his pitching arm. A fan asked if he had practiced his pitch and he responded, “I couldn’t much, 3-4 pitches at the most, I have two tears in my rotator cuff and a torn bicep which I’m getting operated on in the am.”

Fans wish him well

Rosbach shared an image looking happy with his new sportscar. “See that shoulder I’m leaning on, going in tomorrow morning to get it fixed,” he wrote. “Surgery’s at 6 AM. Can’t wait to have it back to normal and back in the gym full bore. Thanks Dr Levy. Rotator Cuff x 2 and bicep repair. All is good. Catch everyone on the flip side.”

Patricia Altschul from Southern Charm wrote, “Wishing you a speedy recovery.” Altschul was busy preparing for Hurricane Dorian, stocking up on champagne, batteries and pet toys. Also, Alexis Bellino from The Real Housewives of Orange County wished Rosbach the best too.

Fans chimed in, sharing their own surgery stories. “Capt Lee, I had both shoulders done last year,” one fan shared. “Right one January, left in May. So glad I did. Never felt better. Therapy is a bit rough but I did it. The therapist said push to the pain not through it. I did that and I am here to tell you I can golf, bowl, and ride horses again. Good luck and God Bless You.”

Another fan had some advice for a smooth recovery too. “Sleep in a recliner. It’s the most comfortable place to sleep with shoulder surgery. I worked for a orthopedic doctor who did my husband’s shoulder. My husband wouldn’t believe me that it was more comfortable and kept me up for 48 hours cuz he couldn’t get comfortable. He’s lucky I didnt smother him when he finally did fall asleep.”

Rosbach is fresh off tragedy too

Less than two months ago, Rosbach’s son Joshua died of a drug overdose at age 42. He memorialized his son in an Instagram tribute as he and his wife Mary Anne mourned the extreme loss. “After a twenty year struggle, he finally succumbed to the demons he fought so long and so hard,” he wrote.
“Addiction is an insidious disease that knows no social status or geographic boundaries.”

The Miami Marlins game was one of Rosbach’s first steps back to normalcy. His son and grandson accompanied Rosbach to the game and he shared some special family moments.“Had the honor of throwing out the first pitch at the Marlins Dodgers game last night with my son Glen and Grandson Cody,” he shared. “What a thrill. Trying to get back into life.”

Rosbach seemed especially tickled his grandson got to participate on the field too. “Grandson Cody got to do the lineup exchange at home plate,” he shared along with a video. “Experience of a lifetime.”