Thompson Expected Back For Tigers

Auburn ace Keegan Thompson is expected to be back in a starting role this weekend as the Tigers take on Georgia.

Auburn, Ala.--When the Auburn Tigers (26-16, 7-11) take the field for another key series against the Georgia Bulldogs (21-20, 6-11) this Thursday-Saturday at Plainsman Park they’re expected to have ace pitcher Keegan Thompson back on the mound said Coach Sunny Golloway.

Coming out of last weekend’s game against Ole Miss with a sore shoulder after a month and a half of being the workhorse for the Tigers with more than 800 pitches thrown in his last seven starts, Thompson has gotten the rest needed and should be back on the mound this Saturday against the Bulldogs.

“Right now he feels really good and right now he’s scheduled to go on Saturday,” Golloway said. “I think for us not to go with him on Saturday, I’m not sure exactly what would have to happen. He feels good right now and he felt good last weekend, it was just that he didn’t have his regular stuff.

“He has been checked out by two or three doctors and it’s all the same,” he added. “Structurally everything is good and ligament-wise everything is good. We have heard nothing but good news on it and it could have been just the point of the season where, gosh we have relied on the big guy so much that it was time to give him a rest.”

Having already seen a doctor before last weekend, Thompson has been checked out again since his early departure on Saturday and Golloway said it’s all clear.

“They’ve done some procedures and taken care of everything and looked at it again,” Golloway said. “We understand how important he is long-term. We won’t run him out there Saturday if there’s any doubt, even as important as this weekend is.”

Getting Thompson back is a huge boost for the Tigers with Cole Lipscomb (5-1, 2.19 ERA) and Rocky McCord (3-3, 3.81) both pitching well in recent weeks. Currently 7-3 with an ERA of just 3.17, Thompson being back gives Auburn a solid 1-2-3 punch, something Golloway said you always hope for out of a staff.

“That’s what gives us so much encouragement is that each week Cole has gotten better and each week Rocky has gotten better,” Golloway said. “I think early in the year everybody felt like we were just a one-punch team and if you get past Keegan you would be okay. To win two out of three last weekend with those guys and to hopefully get Keegan back should hopefully give us a shot in the arm. That’s what we’re hoping for.”

Game times for the series are 6 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday with a noon start scheduled on Saturday. All three games can be seen on the SEC Network.


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