Bolsinger "Probably" Returning To Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE — Barring a last-minute offer of more money from the Oakland Athletics, pitcher Mike Bolsinger appears poised to return to Arkansas for his senior season.

When asked Tuesday about signing with the A's or returning to the Razorback baseball team, the 6-foot-2 right-hander said his mind was nearly made up. Bolsinger said the A's could still increase their offer by Aug. 17, the date of the MLB signing deadline.

While he still envisions a scenario in which he signs, he isn't counting on that happening.

"I'll probably be coming back to Arkansas," Bolsinger said during a phone interview Tuesday morning. "If anything happens, it will happen on that last day. I think they want to see what they're going to do with some of the guys they picked ahead of me. If some of them don't sign, they could give me the money I was asking for.

"But if not, I'll be coming back."

Bolsinger, who surprisingly fell to the 33rd round of the Major League Baseball Draft, made a couple of starts this summer for the McKinney Marshals of the Texas Collegiate League. He hoped to convince several A's scouts he was worth more money than Oakland offered.

The A's haven't upped their offer — not yet, anyway.

It's been a tough last couple of weeks for Bolsinger, who went 6-4 last season with a 2.99 ERA and a team-high 79 strikeouts. While at a Texas Rangers game with several friends, Bolsinger complained about a sharp pain in his side.

They left the game early, but the pain only worsened. When he got home, Bolsinger told his mother that they should go to the hospital. The prognosis: His appendix had burst. Bolsinger had it removed and spent nearly a week "taking it real easy."

"I'm feeling a lot better," he said. "I got back to working out late last week."

Bolsinger also said the prospect of playing one more season for Arkansas wasn't disappointing at all, saying he wanted to claim a spot in the Razorbacks' rotation.

"I definitely would want to start, and Coach (Dave) Van Horn has talked to me about it," Bolsinger said. "They like the experience I've gotten and think I could maybe become the Friday night starter. That's what I'd be working for if I do come back up there."

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