Ben Bracewell (4) had to be removed Friday due to soreness in his pitching elbow. Photo by: Courtesy of MSU athletics
March 2, 2012 9:15:00 PM
STARKVILLE - Ben Bracewell, the Bulldogs opening night starting pitcher this season, had to be removed from Friday's 5-4 victory over the University of Connecticut due to soreness his right pitching elbow.
MSU baseball coach John Cohen confirmed after the win Bracewell (0-0, 0.00) was in significant
enough pain to be relieved after just three innings of work and 42 pitches into his third start of the season.
"He had some soreness in his elbow and when you have (junior right-hander) Chris Stratton waiting to come into the game, it's not a tough decision," Cohen said.
Bracewell, who was the Bulldogs opening day starting pitcher, has yet to throw over 60 pitches in any of his first three starts this season but has been effective allowing just six scattered hits and two unearned runs over 10 1/3 innings.
"Benny is still nursing a couple of things and we're waiting to try and get him to that 80-90 pitch mark," Cohen said. "Hopefully a little bit later on, we can do that."
The soreness in Bracewell's pitching elbow is most likely related to his first injury since arriving on the MSU campus three years ago and being more than a year removed from major arm surgery.
The 6-foot, 200-pound redshirt sophomore right-hander had surgery last year to correct a serious labrum injury in his pitching shoulder and the rehabilitation from the procedure left him off last year's active roster.
The injury from two years ago involved damage to the front part near the biceps tendon but unlike most cases in this injury, MSU officials said the right shoulder remained strong physically.
Bracewell had surgery performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., the summer prior to last season to correct the labrum injury.
Cohen and the MSU coaching staff wasn't sure of the extent of Bracewell's injury Friday night but the redshirt sophomore would be evaluated by the team training staff and doctors this weekend if the soreness persisted throughout the weekend.
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