Nick Storz’s freshman season has come to an end.
Before Tuesday’s game against Northwestern State, LSU coach Paul Mainieri said he was shutting down the freshman right-hander for the remainder of the 2018 season.
It was a disappointing debut campaign for Storz, who was only able to pitch three innings while dealing with multiple setbacks from offseason shoulder surgery.
Storz had the surgery to fix a Bennett’s lesion bone spur in his throwing shoulder shortly after the start of fall practice.
The hope was that he would be able to return before the start of Southeastern Conference play in March, and potentially develop into a weekend starter by the end of the season.
He made his debut outing March 21 start against Tulane, throwing one scoreless inning. It was determined before that game started that he would only go one inning.
But his shoulder stiffened after that outing, putting Storz back on the shelf. He would not pitch again until he threw two relief innings against McNeese State on May 9.
The day after the McNeese outing, Storz was going through his throwing regimen with some long toss and the shoulder pain flared up again.
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Mainieri said he decided to shut Storz down after that. LSU is hopeful it can find what did not allow Storz’s shoulder to ever get fully healthy so it can get the problem fixed.
LSU will not seek a medical redshirt, Mainieri said, because of Storz’s status as a draft prospect.
Mainieri does not think the 6-foot-6 right-hander will require a fifth year of eligibility because he anticipates he will sign professionally before that.