April 6, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - If the Red Cross were in the business of athletics, they would probably have an office with a view in the Tulane baseball offices, as the Green Wave received information today that senior closer Nick Pepitone would miss at least three weeks with a significant strain to the posterior muscles of the right shoulder, as diagnosed by Orthopedic and Diagnostic Evaluation.
Pepitone has appeared in 17 games this season and owns a 3-0 record with nine saves. His save total is the highest in Conference USA. The right-hander has worked 26.0 innings with nine earned runs allowed (13 total), 12 walks and 17 strikeouts. Opponents are hitting just .242 against the sinker baller and he had allowed just four extra base hits all season.
Pepitone will be sidelined with the strained muscle and will undergo conservative treatment and rehabilitation. He will return when he regains normal strength, flexibility and muscular endurance.
Already this season, freshman right-handed pitcher Randy LeBlanc and sophomore right-hander Kyle McKenzie have seen their seasons end with torn ligaments in their elbows. LeBlanc and McKenzie each had season-ending surgery, which was performed by team physician Felix "Buddy" Savoie. Robby Broach has been limited in his action this season with a forearm strain, while Alex Byo has been battling inflammation in his throwing shoulder.
Tulane will begin a Conference USA series on Friday when they travel to Orlando, Fla. to play UCF at 5:30 Central time.