Reds manager Dusty Baker singled out Chad Rogers as one of the young players who has impressed him at camp.

Given Rogers’ backstory, it’s impressive that he’s even in camp.

Shortly after he was drafted in the 28th round of the 2010 draft, Rogers was surfing off the coast of Galveston, Texas, when a shark bit him on his right foot.

“I was supposed to pitch for the Reds the next day for signing bonus money,” he said. “I had to call the scout and tell him I wasn’t going to make that scheduled tryout. I said, you’re probably not going to believe me, but I got bitten by a shark.’”

After the shark bit Rogers, it swam in front of him. He was conscious and relatively OK, but he had to get to shore.

“I was afraid to paddle,” he said. “I was afraid to stick my arms in the water. I didn’t want to get my arm bitten. After I saw him disappear, I kind of paddled with fingers. I got to shore. One of my buddies drove me to the hospital.”