Sophomore pitcher Hunter Newman is out of the competition to be one of LSU’s starting weekend pitchers, coach Paul Mainieri said Wednesday.

Newman is suffering from a sore throwing shoulder and is “a ways away” from being able to throw in a game, the coach said. The injury removes the Georgia native from the race to be LSU’s No. 2 or No. 3 starter. Newman appeared in 13 games last season and finished with a 2.55 ERA.

“This pretty much knocks him out of the mix,” Mainieri said. “There’s no way he will be able to develop the endurance enough and I’m concerned about his durability to stay healthy. He’s no longer a candidate to be in the starting rotation.”