Jacob Lindgren is going to give it a go Sunday as Mississippi State looks to sweep Florida.
Coach John Cohen said today that Lindgren (2-0, 2.83 ERA), who hasn’t pitched since March 22 at Kentucky, will attempt to start the series finale. The sophomore left-hander, who had been the regular Friday starter, has been out with elbow soreness.
“We’re going to roll Lingren into the pen, and we’re going to ask him to get loose, and we’re going to see where we go from there,” Cohen said. “If he feels any discomfort, then we’re going to go in a different direction. But if he feels like he wants the ball and he feels comfortable, we’re going to let him start the ballgame.”
Lindgren threw off flat ground Wednesday and felt fine, but Cohen said Thursday that “because especially when you throw a breaking ball as hard as he does, you can’t get a feel for that until he gets in a real game situation.” But he did express confidence in pitching coach Butch Thompson‘s ability to tell during pregame bullpen whether Lindgren is ready. So whether he pitches Sunday will be a game-time decision.
“If he feels any discomfort at all, or if he feels like it’s just not happening, we’ll go in another direction just to give him a little more time to get ready,” Cohen said.
Among the other candidates to start are Ross Mitchell (5-0, 1.17) and Ben Bracewell (0-1, 2.25), who are normally relievers. Although Bracewell started last Sunday at Arkansas, failing to record an out before being pulled in the first inning.