FAYETTEVILLE – Injured Arkansas second baseman Bo Bigham will miss at least a month with a tear in his shoulder, Razorback coach Dave Van Horn said Saturday.
Bigham, a sophomore, left Friday's game in the third inning after diving for a line drive. He was taken from the game for X-rays at a nearby hospital.
"I'm going to say he's out at least a month at best," Van Horn said. "He's going to try to play through that until he gets healthy and in the summer he'll probably have to get fixed."
Bigham was 1-for-1 and had scored a run when he left the game Friday. He batted .280 last season and started for Arkansas during the entire postseason.
Tim Carver started in place of Bigham in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Ball State. Carver, a redshirt sophomore from Fayetteville, went 1-for-5 batting second in the order.
"We've got to find someone that can go in that two-hole and get it done," Van Horn said.
First Outing for Baxendale
Razorback fans got their first look at freshman pitcher DJ Baxendale Saturday. The freshman from Sylvan Hills High School just outside of Little Rock went 3.1 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits. He struck out three batters.
"I thought he looked real good," Van Horn said. "He spotted it up and I think he got a little tired there toward the end. He threw some good pitches that could have gone either way. I thought he competed real well and he'll be better next time."
Baxendale is thought to be Arkansas' top candidate for the closer position this season and could also find his way into the starting rotation, Van Horn said earlier in the preseason.
He gave Arkansas a chance to climb back into the game Saturday but the Razorback bats never found life before Baxendale gave up a two-run home run to Zach Dygert in the eighth inning.
"I thought I started off really good. I came in throwing strikes but thought I fell off there toward the end," Baxendale said. "It's a little different throwing in a real game than in a scrimmage or a bullpen. It kind of felt like my arm was getting tighter there at the end."
Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal, the president of the Republic of Panama, threw out the first pitch Saturday. Martinelli is a 1973 graduate of the University of Arkansas.
It was the third time an acting national head of state has attended a Razorback sporting event in Fayetteville, joining former U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. Arkansas is 1-3 in those games.
Republic of Panama president and University of Arkansas alum Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal threw out the first pitch Saturday.
Bigham out at least a month
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