Aaron Fitt from Baseball America is reporting that Pre-Season All American Sophomore Lefty Cole Irvin, who was stellar in his Freshman campaign for the Oregon Ducks will not see the mound in 2014 due to Tommy John Surgery. The Ducks still have solid pitching to compete in the upcoming season with Tommy Thorpe, along with Jordan Spencer and newcomer Matt Krook, who decided to play for the Ducks over the Miami Marlins.
Starter Jake Reed will likely take a spot in the bullpen, potentially as the Oregon Closer this season. There is still a little over a week to get all the kinks worked out before the Ducks kick off the season with a three game set in Hawaii on February 14th. The news of Irvin’s injury and absence this year will be felt at some point.
Oregon also has six year player Darrell Hunter out of the bullpen. Hunter was the first player recruited by Horton and the Ducks when the baseball program returned to Oregon. Pitchers Jeff Gold and Cole Wiper will return after successful seasons in 2013. The Ducks have enough talent in pitching to maintain their goals of getting to Omaha and the College World Series. Fans will get to see what this team is about when they kick off, for the most part, a month long home stand on Tuesday, February 25th against Portland at PK Park.