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Zack Thompson Will Not Pitch This Week Against Florida

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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.


Article written by Trey Huntsman

The KSR Baseball guy. Follow me on Twitter @TreyHuntsmanSEC.

7 Comments for Zack Thompson Will Not Pitch This Week Against Florida

  1. UKInsider
    3:14 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    Sounds like Tommy John surgery is on the horizon. Dip in velocity, rest not working, arm still bothering him. If he has TJ surgery he will essentially never pitch again at uk – surgery, followed by 1-year recovery, and then draft eligible. Damn shame.

    • Trey Huntsman
      4:27 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

      The article literally says flexor strain. The rest is working actually, that’s why it says PROGRESSING. He is on a throwing program. Tommy John is for a torn UCL.

    • TBW3011
      6:41 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

      Yes. Good chance he can pitch next weekend from my understanding. And we desperately need him. Game 2 has become an automatic loss unless we score 10 runs

  2. Bull Filmer
    5:28 pm April 18, 2018 Permalink

    GO CATS!

  3. UKInsider
    10:52 pm April 19, 2018 Permalink

    Trey – don’t be so defensive just because you lack baseball knowledge and skills on the Diamond. Google flexor strains and Tommy John surgery. Oh wait, I did it for you:

    In many cases, flexor tendon strains can lead to corrective surgery or can even be precursors to Tommy John surgery.

    • Trey Huntsman
      11:29 pm April 19, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, I know that. MRIs can show whether there is a deeper issue or not. There is no structural damage with Thompson and he will be back in the next week. Also, I guess working in scouting for an MLB team and covering baseball across three levels means I lack knowledge.

  4. UKInsider
    8:56 am April 20, 2018 Permalink

    And here you are…working for a blog. Guess you couldn’t cut it with the stopwatch, Stalker, or Sabermetrics.