South Carolina sophomore right-hander Wil Crowe had a message for fans after Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament to his right elbow.
He posted these words on his Twitter account: “Thank you Doctor (James) Andrews and his staff for the successful surgery! I’ll be back in no time!” He also included a picture of him with Andrews, the world-renowned orthopedic surgeon whose institute is located in Pensacola, Fla.
Crowe’s missed time will include the rest of this season, and probably all of next season as well, which USC baseball coach Chad Holbrook said after the injury was discovered earlier in April.
The Friday night starter struggled this season to a 3-4 record with a 4.91 ERA, numbers that didn’t come close to his freshman campaign, when he earned Freshman All-America honors from Baseball America with an 8-3 mark with a 2.75 ERA in 91 2/3 innings over 15 starts.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Crowe also made the NCAA tournament All-Regional team last season after throwing a complete-game shutout against Campbell in an elimination game. But he had three poor outings this season against Clemson, Mississippi State and Florida that ballooned his numbers.
His location was not the same this season as well. He walked 19 batters all of last season, and he had already equaled that number on top of 52 hits in 51 1/3 innings this season.
The Sevierville, Tenn., native was drafted in the 31st round by the Cleveland Indians in the 2013 MLB draft. He will be eligible for the 2016 draft.