UA pitcher Kenzie Fowler will miss the remainder of her senior season after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in her left shoulder, the UA announced tonight.
The injury marks the end of Fowler’s collegiate career. The syndrome is caused when blood vessels and nerves compress in the space between the collarbone and first rib. It causes shoulder and neck pain and finger numbness. Fowler underwent surgery following her high school career to treat TOS in her right shoulder.
Fowler, a Canyon del Oro High School product and two-time All-American, has been dogged by injuries in recent seasons. Earlier this season, she was hit by a batted ball and missed time. Fowler was 8-6 with a 3.38 ERA this season. She appeared in 24 games, starting 10 of them.
“We are all very sad about Kenzie’s recent diagnosis of TOS,” UA coach Mike Candrea said in a statement.
“She has endured so much to represent our university and the Arizona softball program. We will enjoy the great memories that she has provided our fans, the Tucson community and her teammates over her career as a Wildcat. Although her softball career has come to an end, Kenzie will be remembered always for her stellar performance at the 2010 WCWS, a two-time All-American, and the very best teammate you could ask for. She represented our university and softball program with extreme class and dignity and endured more than you will ever know to represent our program.”
Read more in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star.