Tide Ace Still Ailing

It looks like the coming weekend of Alabama baseball will be yet another one with the Tide's number one pitcher Wade LeBlanc out of the starting lineup when Alabama takes on Ole Miss in a three-game series in Oxford, Miss. beginning Friday.

LeBlanc injured his left (pitching) shoulder on March 12 in a celebratory pile-up after a come-from-behind win over Miami (Ohio).

"He did real well Sunday, Monday and Tuesday doing Dr. Andrews' program," Alabama Head Coach Jim Wells said. "He had setback Wednesday; he was hurting."

Wells was encouraged by the fact that LeBlanc was throwing from 70-90 feet, but has not thrown off a pitching mound since his injury.

"He'll throw again today but he hasn't been on the mound. The hope was we'd be able to get him on the mound today and if that went right it would be a situation where he could help us out of the pen," Wells said.

T.J. Large has posted two stellar starts in the number one slot in Southeastern Conference play and is the current SEC pitcher of the week and will start again Friday night.

He fired a four-hit shutout in the Crimson Tide's 4-0 win over No. 4 LSU last Friday in a complete game effort and lost a 1-0 game in 7.2 innings of work against Vanderbilt.

"Until LeBlanc is back it's going to be difficult to write down 3 starters. It worked out last week because of what Large did., but it's hard to ask guy to throw a nine inning shutout every time," Wells said.


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