What we know about sophomore left-handed pitcher Nick Routt is that he's out at least two weeks with an arm injury. What we don't know is the severity of the injury.
I spoke with Routt this morning. He had an MRI taken yesterday, and he said all he learned from that was that he has muscle swelling in his throwing arm, and that swelling is pushing up against the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. He said the doctor – he's being treated by Dr. Rusty Linton – was no more specific than that, so Routt doesn't know how serious it is.
I spoke briefly with Linton, but without Routt's written permission, the doctor cannot discuss specifics of the injury. Linton did confirm that it's an elbow injury and that he's "hoping for the best." Another MRI is scheduled in two weeks, Routt said.
In the meantime, Routt is undergoing rehab, which involves taking white blood cells from his other arm and injecting them into his injured one to promote healing. Once the second MRI is taken, Linton will re-evaluate the injury. Routt said nobody has mentioned Tommy John surgery.
"I'm just trying to stay positive and just see what happens on the second MRI," Routt said. "I'll have a better idea of what things look like."
Routt started Sunday's game at Florida but was pulled after two innings when he started experiencing soreness in his forearm. He'd given up one unearned run on three hits. He said there had been stiffness in the arm before, but it would always loosen up after he threw some.
Routt, MSU's de facto ace, went 5-3 last season with a 4.15 ERA as a freshman and made the SEC All-Freshman team. He is 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in six games – all starts – this year. Cohen has not yet decided who will start in his place Sunday against Georgia. Freshmen Kendall Graveman and Chris Stratton will take the first two starts, just like last weekend.