No. 1 LSU has had a rollercoaster season from their bullpen. After starting the season strong, it has been an up and down ride ever since. Right-handed pitcher Garrett Edwards is out for the rest of the 2033 season with a torn UCL. Edward’s injury happened on April 7, during the fifth inning of the Tiger’s matchup against South Carolina. The next day, head coach Jay Johnson commented on the status update of Edward’s injury.
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“Through a preliminary evaluation with our trainer it was about as positive as it could be,” Johnson said. “We’re hopeful that it is not serious and that we will have him back soon. I am not a doctor, never going to pretend to be a doctor. We’ll get them further evaluated when we get home.”
Edwards underwent Tommy John surgery last week on a torn UCL. A Tommy John surgery will repair the ulnar collateral ligament inside the elbow. Following the surgery, Edwards wore a brace during this past weekend’s series against SEC rival Alabama. However, Garrett has not played since his injury against South Carolina and is ruled out for the rest of the season. Edwards is now on the road to recovery.
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Prior to the injury, Edwards had emerged as one of the go-to options out of the bullpen for LSU posting a 1.93 ERA in 23 1/3 innings pitched. This is now the second straight season; the former Pitkin pitcher has battled with injuries. In 2022, Edwards appeared in just nine games with an ERA over six while dealing with a leg injury that limited his time on the mound.
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This news comes as a blow to the Tigers. Before the injury of Edward, two other pitchers, Grant Taylor, and Chase Shores, had also been ruled out for the season due to injury. The coaching staff is now relying on bullpen members to carry the load. LSU now must rely on other bullpen members to carry the load of the pitching staff as the season ends.