An examination Tuesday morning on LSU reliever Alden Cartwright’s shoulder revealed nothing serious, and the Runnels grad should return to throwing by next week.
Cartwright injured his shoulder while throwing a curveball in the dirt during the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Vanderbilt. Coach Paul Mainieri said Monday that trainers believed it was only a muscle strain and it would keep Cartwright out for about two weeks.
Nothing was certain until a doctor examined him Tuesday. The pitcher is suffering from muscle soreness.
Cartwright, a freshman, has developed into one of the Tigers’ go-to middle relievers. He has struck out 10 in 10 innings and has allowed just one run. Mainieri has called him “fearless.”
Cartwright’s absence – one to two weeks – leaves a void. LSU is down to 12 healthy pitches, about five below the norm. The Tigers lost three to injury before the season and a fourth, Mitch Sewald, left the team after a DWI arrest.
Mainieri is moving Brady Domangue from the midweek starting slot back into the bullpen to take Cartwright’s place. Cody Glenn will move out of the pen and start against South Alabama (10-8).
Both could be temporary moves until Cartwright returns.