Out since throwing 38 pitches against Ole Miss two weeks ago, Thompson threw some on the side this week but some discomfort in his elbow meant a visit to Pensacola to see Dr. James Andrews. Golloway said after talking with Andrews and Thompson on Wednesday following the check-up they came to the decision to keep him shut down for the time being.
“He thinks it would be best if we rest him again, so what we’re doing is we’re week-by-week,” Golloway said. “We’re going to rest him and see how he feels. Today he felt great, but we’ve got to be very careful. That’s where we are with it. I’m praying hard and I still feel like we’re going to get him back, and when we do I think it’s going to be a huge shot in the arm for a team that’s playing pretty good.
“They’ve looked at it,” he added of Keegan’s elbow. “Everything looks good and the docs looked at it. Other than throwing he’s just feeling some discomfort and that’s where we’ve got to be careful. If I could give more information about it I would, but we’re still praying that we’re going to get him back.”
Currently 7-3 on the season with an ERA of 3.17, Thompson’s absence will once again be filled by junior Dalton Rentz this weekend in the rotation as he’ll likely be on the mound for the second consecutive Sunday. With Cole Lipscomb (6-1, 2.24 ERA) and Rocky McCord (4-3, 3.58) the other two weekend starters the Tigers will try to do something they haven’t done in almost 20 years.
Even with South Carolina losing eight out its last 11 games the Tigers are still going to be in for a battle on the road against a team they haven’t beaten in a series since 1997. Since beating them two out of three in Columbia that year Auburn has a record of just 9-38 against South Carolina.
“I was being told on the radio show how we haven’t had success down there since Moby Dick was a minnow and that was a long time ago,” Golloway said. “I said ‘hey, those things are there for a reason, they’re there to be changed’. We’re not going to back away from the fact that we need to go down there and win the series and we expect to win the series.”
Auburn will face South Carolina in a three-game series on the road this weekend. Game times are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday (SEC Network Plus), 2:30 p.m. on Saturday (SEC Network) and 1 p.m. on Sunday (ESPNU).