MSU pitcher Brandon Woodruff had season-ending surgery this morning, coach John Cohen confirmed on his weekly teleconference.
Cohen couldn’t say what it was Woodruff was having surgery for, but noted that it was “not major surgery.” He said, “I can’t really explain it to you in a way that’s accurate.” Cohen said it was not a ligament-related injury, but the procedure was needed for “something that’s been gnawing at him for a little while. … The prognosis is great.”
Woodruff, a sophomore right-hander from Wheeler, hasn’t had the kind of season he or coaches had hoped. He’s 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA, drawing the start in six of his seven appearances. He was expected to vie for a weekend starter’s job, but Woodruff continued to struggle early in games, three times failing to get beyond the second inning.
In his last appearance, April 9 against Ole Miss in Pearl, Woodruff tossed 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run (earned) on three hits. In 18 2/3 innings this season, he allowed 12 runs (nine earned) on 17 hits with 15 strikeouts and nine walks. Woodruff started the season off with two solid starts against Rhode Island and Grambling State, then ran into trouble against Mississippi Valley State, when he was pulled after facing four batters.
Woodruff made 12 appearances last season, including six starts, and was 1-2 with a 2.38 ERA. He made two starts during the SEC Tournament, tossing a combined eight shutout innings as MSU won the title.