Tyler Webbs status for the Kentucky series remains uncertain.
USC coach Chad Holbrook said Thursday that the senior left-handers sore elbow is structurally sound based on the MRI but it still needs to show that it can stand up to the test of throwing a baseball.
How Webb feels Friday after a Thursday throwing session will go a long way in determining his availability. Team medical personnel will evaluate how Webbs elbow responds to throwing and then determine if he should be cleared to pitch against the Wildcats. Webb also needs to make his own determination that his elbow feels well enough to pitch.
Holbrook understands that pitching him when hes in pain could not only limit his effectiveness but also irritate the tendinitis further and put him out a few more weeks.
Tylers a very important part of team, Holbrook said. If hes not going to be able to throw the way hes capable of throwing, then well hold him out.
Catch as catch can
With backup catcher Dante Rosenberg out with a broken hamate bone in his wrist, the burden falls on starter Grayson Greiner to catch the bulk of the teams innings down the stretch.
Sophomore Patrick Harrington, who has played sparingly in his injury-marred career, will fill in behind the plate as needed since Holbrook said he had the most experience catching in scrimmages and bullpen sessions, which makes him familiar with the signs and pitch-calling.
Since Dantes not here, hes been making sure Ive been getting ready for the opportunity, Harrington said. Everybody waits for the opportunity. Its just patience that gets you there. Its a blessing to be able to play for this team and just be a part of this whole organization.
Holbrook didnt announce a starting pitcher for the final game of the weekend series, but he noted that freshman left-hander Jack Wynkoop (4-2, 3.90 ERA) will be the choice as long as he isnt needed in a relief capacity in the first two Kentucky games.