Mississippi State sophomore right-handed pitcher Brandon Woodruff has had season-ending surgery on his pitching elbow Photo by: MSU athletics
May 2, 2013 11:36:02 AM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University sophomore right-handed pitcher Brandon Woodruff will not pitch the rest of the 2013 season after having a surgical procedure on the elbow of pitching arm.
MSU coach John Cohen confirmed the status of Woodruff during his media teleconference Thursday morning but was unable to specifically speak to the details of the surgical procedure.
Woodruff, who felt elbow tenderness in the beginning of January and was trying to build back his throwing arm through the 2013 season, finished with just 18 2/3 innings on the mound in eight games. It is unknown if this procedure is related to the elbow tenderness felt in the winter as Woodruff told The Dispatch in early April it was "the first injury situation I had to deal with in my career".
The Wheeler native had struggled throughout this season as the former fifth round pick out of high school by the Texas Rangers in the 2011 MLB Draft had failed to get out of the second inning in three of his six starts.
"He had a little surgery (for) something that's been gnawing at him for a little while," Cohen said. "I just found out, he came out of it, it went very, very well. We feel like this is something that's really going to enhance his career both at Mississippi State and professionally."
Woodruff (1-1, 4..34) will not be able to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League this summer and Cohen said he'll start his rehabilitation in the summer to be ready for fall practices.
While Cohen didn't feel comfortable talking about the specifics of the surgery beyond the location of the arm, he did emphatically say it was not Tommy John surgery, which is a nowadays a common ligament replacement procedure, and had nothing to do with a ligament problem in the elbow.
"It's not related to his ligament," Cohen said. "We think his prognosis is great. He's not going to pitch again this year, but certainly will be back in the fall."
In his last start against the University of Mississippi at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Woodruff lasted just 1 1/3 innings while allowing one run on three hits in 21 pitches. In that outing on April 9, Woodruff was unable to get the Trustmark Park radar gun over 85 miles per hour on his fastball. After the 5-1 victory, MSU sophomore left-handed reliever Ross Mitchell said Woodruff "was sore" and that's why he had to come out of the game.
Woodruff was expected to compete for one of three weekend starter roles on the mound in the premier baseball league in America. When he is able to start a rehab program this summer, Woodruff will be counted on to compete for a weekend rotation spot for the 2014 season.
Woodruff and fellow sophomore pitching teammate Jacob Lindgren confirmed to The Dispatch throughout the draft process they turned down offers over $500,000 from professional franchises to attend MSU.
"I've said before that I want to play college baseball," Woodruff said this past July. "I want to get an education and have the college experience and that to me is worth more than signing a contract to begin a professional career."
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