Last on the mound on April 18 against Ole Miss, Thompson left the game early with elbow discomfort and has been on the mend since that time. Getting clearance to begin workouts once again last week, Thompson has progressed enough to give Golloway hope that he’ll be able to pitch this weekend against the Gators.
“He looks really good,” Golloway said. “He threw the ball at 120 feet today and of course I was out there and the doctors were out there and Coach (Tom) Holliday was out there. He looked good and he felt good and he says he’s ready to go. Now it’s just the point of us deciding when or where.”
That could mean being back in the starting rotation for the Tigers for the talented sophomore. Currently 7-3 with a 3.17 ERA, Thompson could get a look at either Friday or Saturday with Auburn going into the weekend listed as TBA for both games. Thursday things will be as planned with redshirt sophomore Cole Lipscomb (6-2, 2.47) getting the call in the series opener. After that Golloway said it could be Thompson time.
“We’ll just kind of get into the weekend one game at a time,” Golloway said of the plans after Lipscomb. “He (Thompson) could definitely start this weekend for us. He’s ready to go, yes. We realize that we’ve got a game on Tuesday (SEC Tournament) regardless of this weekend, so we have to plan for all four games at this point.”
Auburn will take on the No. 6 Gators (38-14) this weekend with Thursday and Friday scheduled for 6 p.m. starts. Saturday’s regular season finale has a first pitch set for noon. All times are central with every game on SEC Network Plus/WatchESPN.