The BatCats will be without their number two starter for the sixth straight weekend. Nick Mingione said on his radio show that sophomore Zack Thompson will be out with a flexor strain in his throwing arm against #1 Florida. The projected number two overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft has not pitched since March 10th against Texas Tech.
Mingione said that Thompson’s status is still being decided on a week-to-week basis. According to Mingione’s radio show on Monday, Thompson is progressing, but they will keep him out this week.
The sooner Thompson comes back, the better. Since Thompson went out, UK is 0-5 in the second game of weekend series with a run differential of -31. Junior Zach Haake has stepped in for Thompson and seen his fair share of struggles on Saturdays. Thompson exited early against Texas Tech after his velocity had dipped and he allowed three early runs. The game Thompson exited helped to raise his ERA above six, but that stat does not tell the whole story. The injury came after Thompson had started looking like himself the previous week against Sam Houston State when he pitched six shutout innings in the Shriners Classic.
It goes without saying that UK needs Thompson back. Thompson hit his stride at this point last season before giving the Cats good starts in the Lexington Regional and in midweek games. There is still a good chance that we see Thompson on the mound before the end of the year, but let’s hope its sooner rather than later.