Gaines Out for Season

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Sophomore pitcher Bryant Gaines is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow next week and will miss the rest of the season, head coach Mike Fox confirmed Tuesday.

This will be Gaines' second Tommy John surgery, as he had the operation performed on the same elbow when he was 15 years old.

"It is a sad, sad deal," Fox said. "He had that surgery as a ninth grader ... there was a 50-50 chance that he would do it again. That happens when you are young.

"Mark my words - that kid will be back out on the mound for us. He is that dedicated and he has that kind of will and toughness."

Gaines, a native of Weddington, N.C., started seven games this season with a 4-0 record and a 4.08 ERA.

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