Eric Walker leaves College World Series start in the third inning due to “forearm tightness”

By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor

OMAHA, Neb. — Eric Walker was pulled after throwing just four pitches in the third inning of his College World Series start against Oregon State on Monday night.

The culprit was forearm stiffness, LSU coach Paul Mainieri said during an in-game interview on the ESPN Broadcast. Walker gestured to the dugout for Mainieri and LSU trainer Cory Couture to come lift him from the game.

“In his third warmup pitch before the third inning he just felt his forearm tighten up,” Mainieri said. “It became unbearable so we had to take him out. I don’t think there’s anything structurally wrong. He just has a fatigued muscle.”

Walker had dealt with forearm tightness last week, Mainieri told reporters on Friday, but was declared “100 percent healthy” after a throwing session Saturday morning away from TD Ameritrade Park.

The freshman right hander left trailing 1-0 in the top of the third inning, relieved by fellow right-hander Caleb Gilbert. He’d allowed two hits and thrown 20 pitches.

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James Moran was Editor of Tiger Rag from August 2018 to October 2019. He previously served as the associate editor since 2014. He is a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Journalism.

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