Texas starting pitcher Parker French will miss the remainder of the season after he suffered a stress fracture in his right elbow last Friday against Missouri. He will be able to resume throwing in two months.
The freshman has proven to be a key member of the pitching rotation for the Longhorns, recently earning the starting spot on Friday. French is 6-2 with a 2.84 ERA on the year and has used an effective sinker to keep opposing batters on their toes all season long.
French’s absence creates a hole in the starting staff that will be a tough one to fill, as Texas was already short a consistent starter for the No. 3 spot. Freshmen John Curtiss and Rickey Jacquez are the most likely candidates to replace French in the rotation.
Another possibility is moving closer Corey Knebel into the rotation, something he has expressed interest in doing in the past. But Augie Garrido and his coaching staff are hesitant to do so, as it would make the back end of the bullpen vulnerable.
No matter whom the Longhorns choose to move into the rotation, the injury to French is a big blow to their Big 12 hopes and their NCAA tournament aspirations.