LSU freshman right-hander Russell Reynolds of Parkview Baptist has a tear in the labrum in his pitching shoulder and will miss the rest of the baseball season, Tigers coach Paul Mainieri said Friday morning.
Reynolds, who had made three very good mid-week starts previously, said he didn’t feel normal after allowing two home runs and three runs in a tw0-inning start in a 7-3 victory against Alcorn State on Tuesday night at Alex Box Stadium. An examination Thursday revealed the tear.
Mainieri said Reynolds likely will have surgery in the next week or so. The long-term prognosis is unclear at this point.
After receiving the news, Reynolds tweeted, “Not the results I wanted at all. But everything happens for a reason.”
The loss of Reynolds (1-0, 1.89 earned run average in seven appearances, including four starts) complicates the rotation for No. 2 LSU. Mainieri said he will wait until after this weekend’s series against No. 9 Kentucky to decide who will replace Reynolds, who missed some time earlier in the season with soreness in his pitching arm.
“We’ll see who’s available and who needs some work,” Mainieri said.
Mainieri already was unsure of who will be his Sunday starter against the Wildcats because sohomore left-hander Cody Glenn has been ineffective in two of his three Southeastern Conference starts.
The Tigers play back-to-back mid-week games against Southern on Tuesday and Wednesday as they make up a rainout in the Wally Pontiff Jr. Founation Classic two days ago.
The anticipated return of junior right-hander Kurt McCune, who hasn’t pitched this season because of a back injury, could help. McCune pitched to hitters in practice for the first time Thursday and barring any setbacks he will make his season debut against the Jaguars.
“It’s very sad for Russell,” Mainieri said. “My thoughts right now are not so much about the way this affects the team as I feel bad for the kid. But this will give someone else an opportunity.”
Freshman left-hander Hunter Devall had his longest and best outing of the season in relief of Reynolds on Tuesday. He and freshman right-hander Hunter Newman could be candidates for a more significant role.
Mainieri planned to meet with pitching coach Alan Dunn on Friday afternoon to evaluate the options.