This season has not been kind to injuries to Oregon Ducks Starting Pitchers. Before the season began Oregon lost Starting Pitcher Cole Irvin to an injury and Tommy John Surgery. Now, word that another Starting Pitcher, Freshman Matt Krook will have the same surgery on Tuesday.
On April 5th at Washington Oregon Ducks Freshman Starting Pitcher Matt Krook felt something in his arm – at the time he was taken out of the game for arm stiffness by the Oregon Coaching Staff. Fast forward several weeks and the Oregon Ducks are on a nine game winning streak and will face in state rival Oregon State this week without Krook in the lineup….for the rest of the season.
Krook came to the University of Oregon rather than going to the minor leagues, he was chosen thirty fifth by the Miami Marlins in this past MLB Draft. His Freshman year was off to a promising start with a 2-1 record and a 1.79 ERA. His season will now come to an end with Tommy John Surgery on Tuesday. According to GoDucks.com Krook said that the discomfort he felt in his elbow was a first for him in his career. Oregon’s rotation has missed the Freshman, but has found a work around.
Oregon Senior Jeff Gold has stepped in nicely to the Saturday spot vacated by Krook and now is tied for the best record in the NCAA with nine wins on the season. The ‘next man up’ mentality of the Oregon Ducks seems to go farther than just the football team and in any sport injuries can happen. It is the job of the Head Coach and the staff to prepare their players for anything. This time it seems that the Oregon Ducks Baseball team has a contingency plan already in place.
Oregon and Oregon State face off in the Civil War this weekend in Corvallis.