By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Alden Cartwright’s 2017 season is over.
The right-hander has been officially ruled out for the season, LSU coach Paul Mainieri confirmed via text on Tuesday morning.
Cartwright, thought a long-shot to pitch this season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery last year, had to undergo an additional procedure on that right elbow late in the fall, Mainieri said. The senior will be able to redshirt this season and pitch in 2018 if he so chooses.
As a junior, Cartwright appeared in 11 games before suffering the season-ending elbow injury at Auburn on April 3. He posted a 3-0 mark and a 2.93 ERA in 15.1 innings with four walks and 13 strikeouts.
Sophomore outfielder Brody Wofford has transferred to Chipola Community College, Mainieri confirmed. The coach characterized Wofford’s departure as a mutual decision with LSU returning talent ahead of him on the depth chart.
Considered a talented left-handed bat with power, Wofford hit .242 (30-for-124) with two doubles, one triple, five RBI and six runs in 38 games (eight starts) last season.
As for LSU’s outfield plans, the Tigers will shift Antoine Duplantis into center field and move Greg Deichmann to right field. The left field spot will be an open competition between Beau Jordan, Brennan Breaux, freshman Zach Watson and Bryce Adams, who Mainieri said has moved from first base.
ANOTHER PRESEASON POLL
It’s that time of year again.
D1Baseball.com released its Preseason Top 25 on Tuesday morning, and LSU checked in at No. 5. It’s actually the Tigers’ lowest preseason ranking to date, as Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game both had LSU at No. 2 in polls released in recent weeks.
TCU is ranked No. 1 in all three polls. The Tigers and Horned Frogs will square off in Houston on March 3.
There’s three SEC teams in D1Baseball’s top five, as Florida (2) and South Carolina (4) come in just ahead of LSU. Florida State (3) is the other club sandwiched between.