Sitting out last weekend’s SEC baseball series against South Carolina after being bothered by shoulder tendinitis against Georgia the previous Friday night in his scheduled start, the Cullman native has continued to progress and his coach is optimistic about his return this weekend in College Station.
“I feel good about it,” Butch Thompson said. “Hopefully, we can make that announcement on Thursday of our rotation. That would be my expectation is to have him back, but we’ll throw one more time and make sure we’re good to go.”
That would be big news for Auburn’s pitching staff to get Thompson back in the mix. With a record of 4-0 and an ERA of 0.70, he has allowed just three earned runs in 38 2/3 innings this season.
Along with sophomore Casey Mize (4-1, 1.58 ERA) and freshman Davis Daniel (2-1, 4.83), Keegan Thompson gives the Tigers one of the best starting rotations in the Southeastern Conference.
Combine that with a bullpen that has been very good in SEC games and you have a team playing with plenty of confidence heading into another road series in the league, even with a Tuesday night loss to Georgia Tech.
Something that may help Auburn’s bullpen become even stronger could be the addition of freshman Christian Camacho to the mix. The go-to guy in midweek starts for the Tigers recently, Camacho is 1-1 with a 3.06 ERA this season in 17 2/3 innings pitched.
With the way he’s thrown against Georgia Tech and Alabama the last two times out, Camacho could be in line to take a step forward after missing Tuesday night to rest his arm.
“It was more of a protection deal and that just lets you know how good of job he’s done for four weeks for us,” Butch Thompson said. “He definitely could have gone, but I thought we would take care of him for one week after he came up sore.
“That’s what we’re evaluating now is the 27 we take with us,” he added. “We feel like he can (help on the weekend). He’s thrown against really good opponents.”
Auburn will face Texas A&M in a three-game series this weekend on the road. Game times are 6:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, 3 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.