Arizona Wildcats pitcher Mat Troupe will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.
Troupe, a junior from Northridge, Calif., served as the team's closer the past two seasons and had a combined 15 saves. He was transitioning to a starter this year and was expected to be the team's Saturday night starter.
Instead, Troupe will miss the season. He will be eligible for June's Major League draft, but indicated on social media that he'll return for the 2015 season.
Arizona coach Andy Lopez said on Tuesday that surgery was a possibility for Troupe, but wasn't definite. Troupe first started feeling discomfort in his right elbow during fall practice and took five weeks off to rest before the team restarted practice in January.
Troupe had a rough outing last week where he gave up six runs in 1 2/3 innings against Utah Valley. Two days after that, he felt the discomfort again and was deemed unavailable for the team's weekend series against Alcorn State.
Lopez said Tuesday that Troupe was going to meet with doctors this week to figure out the best course of action and a decision needed to be reached soon.
Sad to say tht I will miss 2014 season due to TJ surgery. For those who knew situation knew I gave it 100% to get back on field with my boys— Mathew Troupe (@MathewTroupe) February 26, 2014
I dnt even need to wish the boys luck cause they don't need such thing. We are ready to win the PAC and make a run to Omaha and I'm happy to— Mathew Troupe (@MathewTroupe) February 26, 2014
Say that I will continue to be a leader to each and every player on the team. More than excited and anxious to get back on the field in 2015— Mathew Troupe (@MathewTroupe) February 26, 2014