John Marc Shelly Lost For Season

The Diamond Dog pitching staff will be short one bullpen Bulldog the rest of this season, as reliever John Marc Shelly has been diagnosed with an elbow injury after Sunday's appearance. He will have ‘Tommy John' surgery to repair the right elbow and return in 2015.

Shelly, making his second appearance of the 2014 season, entered game-four with Holy Cross in the fourth inning with the Bulldogs trailing 2-0 and two runners on bases. He coaxed a ground ball to the right side that took an unexpected hop over the charging second baseman. Shelly should have had two outs but was not given a check-swing strikeout call, and ended up walking that runner.

At that point the team trainer and Coach John Cohen came to the mound to check on Shelly's arm, and the pitcher left. Today Mississippi State reported, first by Bob Carskadon, that Shelly will have the surgery at a later date.

Shelly was 0-1 in two appearances this season. He faced one Memphis batter last Wednesday, walking him on for what proved the losing run. He has thrown 1.1 innings, facing six batters with two walks and two hits. As a redshirt freshman in 2013 he played 7.1 innings in six games with a 0.00 ERA, striking out five of the 25 batters faced.

Shelly could apply for a hardship season from 2014.

Mississippi State is 4-4 going into the second full week of the season. The Bulldogs are hosting Mount St. Mary's of Maryland in a pair of midweek games, at 4:00 both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Senior righthander Ben Bracewell (1-0, 0.00) will get Tuesday's start. Wednesday is to be determined.

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