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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU pitcher Cole McKay (33) pitches against New Orleans, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Sophomore pitcher Cole McKay is leaving the LSU baseball program. 

The 6-foot-5 McKay has not pitched this season as he was recovering from what coach Paul Mainieri called a minor surgical procedure in January. Mainieri confirmed in a text that McKay had left the team. 

"We wish him the best," Mainieri said in the text message. 

He logged eight innings in eight appearances as a freshman, striking out 12 while walking 11 and posting a 6.75 ERA. 

McKay was a highly-sought recruit out of Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas. The hard-throwing right-hander was named the 2014 Baseball America High School Pitcher of the Year after going 8-0 with a 1.50 ERA as a high school junior. 

McKay is the fourth player LSU has lost from its expected roster since the start of the calendar year. Junior designated hitter Bryce Jordan and junior reliever Doug Norman were lost for the year to injury, and senior reliever Alden Cartwright retired after undergoing Tommy John surgery last spring. 

The Tigers' current roster stands at 31 healthy players. 

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