Lynn leaves Team USA due to injury

Lance Lynn and Cody Satterwhite had never played a game without the other since entering Ole Miss, but that has now changed with Lynn leaving Team USA due to an ongoing groin injury.

The right-hander was having a special and rewarding time this summer before the injury progressed. He brought home a silver medal from the Pan-American Games in Brazil and delivered a miniscule ERA in the process.

Lynn finished his summer with a 2-1 record and a 1.80 ERA in a team-high 25 innings. The rising junior defeated Nicaragua while in Brazil but finally succumbed to the groin injury after four innings of work Wednesday against China in Hoover, Ala.

"I've been battling through some rough starts and this leg problem," Lynn said. I have been battling it since the school year, and it is getting worse and worse. It is my push leg so I feel like I'm throwing with nothing behind it. It affects everything because I don't feel like I have any control. Velocity and location are both off."

Long Beach State and Team USA head coach Mike Weathers agreed with Lynn, but also said his performances were still effective.

"He has been doing fine," Weathers said. "I never saw him during the year so I don't know how that compares to this summer, but the groin has to affect him. His velocity isn't what we had heard about. He has thrown over 100 pitches this summer but only 80 tonight (Wednesday). The groin has been a problem, and it has affected how he has pitched."

That night was Lynn's lone defeat, a 2-1 loss, but Lynn was quick to say that the setback wasn't all bad.

"They (coaches and scouts) know I'm hurting, and they understand," Lynn added "They have seen that I can pitch because I was myself earlier in the summer. It was fun. I had a great time."

Lynn has learned more about pitching during the summer also. Other countries have their own style of play so the pitchers get different looks and different style of play.

"It is definitely a learning experience, pitching in international play, " Lynn said. "It is much more small ball and also a different level of play. It is something good to compare myself to."

The Indiana native will now work to get his groin healthy for the start of fall practice in Oxford. He spoke of how exciting summer play was, but he also said it wouldn't be the same without his teammate.

"I don't think I could have done it without him," Lynn said of Satterwhite. "We've been together for the last two years and been really close. We have grown to be like brothers so it makes it easy to travel together and have someone to lean on if we have problems.

"We've had a hell of a time."

An article on Satterwhite's summer as well as the duo's time in Brazil will be up tomorrow.

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