Hoffman To Have Season-Ending Surgery

GREENVILLE, N.C. – ECU right-hander Jeff Hoffman will have season-ending surgery next week to close his stellar junior campaign.

East Carolina junior Jeff Hoffman, who ranks among the Conference USA leaders in strikeouts, will undergo season-ending surgery next week head coach Billy Godwin announced Wednesday afternoon.

The Latham, N.Y. native posted a 3-3 record with a 2.94 ERA in 10 starts this season, including double-digit strikeout totals against Western Kentucky (14) and a season-high 16 punch-outs against Middle Tennessee, which earned him Conference USA Pitcher-of-the-Week, Louisville Slugger National Player-of-the-Week and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Pitcher-of-the-Week honors.

Hoffman, who missed his last two starts due to arm soreness, will have the procedure performed by noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

"It was disappointing for all of us to hear the news regarding Jeff," Godwin said. "After speaking with Jeff, he and his family have decided this is the best thing for him to do at this time. We are hopeful he will have a quick recovery and be back on the mound very soon. Jeff is one of our leaders on the field, inside the clubhouse and is a tremendous competitor who will definitely be missed."

The right-hander finished his junior campaign with 72 strikeouts to 20 walks in 67.1 innings of work and held opponents to a .216 composite batting average. He allowed 26 runs (22 earned) on 53 hits and surrendered three or less earned runs in seven of 10 starts, while yielding no runs in his last start against Middle Tennessee.

Prior to the start of the season, Hoffman earned numerous preseason All-America honors, was named preseason All C-USA by the league's head coaches and garnered a spot on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List for the nation's top amateur baseball player.


UPDATE: Billy Godwin's post-practice comments.

"It is. I have permission to say that. It is Tommy John and he will have Tommy John surgery sometime next week. We don't have the exact date. We're working on that right now."

"It's tough any time any of our guys get injured, especially to lose our Friday night guy. We all love him. We want him to be out there for us and he wants to be out there for us. It's part of the game. Somebody else has got to pick up like we have the last two weeks. (We have to) try to pitch in and step up at the right time."

"We'll just let the process take its course. We haven't talked anything about his future. It's more concern for Jeff and making sure he can get the best possible care he can get. As we go through this next month leading up to the draft, it will all unfold. What's best for him. There hasn't been a lot of conversation about what's best for him. We're all just trying to support him as best as we can like we did with Travis (Watkins) and Ben (Fultz) and those guys who went down during the course of the year. That's really it."

"He's handled it very well, to be honest. A lot better than I probably would have. He's very mature. Jeff has matured. He's got tremendous work ethic. He's got tremendous drive and competitiveness. This is another way to compete against something and get back on the field as soon as he can. He's actually had a very good attitude about this in my meetings with him and my talking with him."

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