Injury Bug Rears its Angry Head for Titans
April 19, 2011
Fullerton, Calif. - The Titans could possibly be without the services of three of its players (Michael Lorenzen, Joe Terry and Noe Ramirez) for this week's Big West Conference series at Cal Poly due to injuries incurred over the past several weeks.
Freshman right-fielder Michael Lorenzen (Anaheim, Calif., Fullerton HS) will not be available for the entire series against the Mustangs due to a severely sprained right wrist incurred on a dive attempt at a ball in the outfield in last Sunday's game against UC Santa Barbara at Goodwin Field. Lorenzen will be listed day-to-day when the Titans return from San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The rookie is currently hitting .293 with 2 home runs and 20 RBI and has a team-leading 4 outfield assists.
Junior third baseman Joe Terry (Long Beach, Calif., Cerritos College) will sit out again this weekend due to complications with the hamate bone region in his right hand. According to Athletic Trainer Chris Mumaw, Terry will be seeing a hand specialist this week to determine the next course of treatment.
Terry injured the hand on a swing in the middle of the Friday night game against UC Irvine on Apr. 8, and was immediately replaced by junior Blake Barber. Other than one pinch-running opportunity, Terry has not played since. He is hitting .260 with nine RBI and five stolen bases in 25 games for the Titans.
Head Coach Dave Serrano also reported today that All-American right-hander Noe Ramirez (East Los Angeles, Calif., Alhambra HS) is questionable for his scheduled start on Thursday night at Cal Poly after spraining his left ankle at practice Tuesday afternoon. Ramirez (6-2, 2.04 ERA) is scheduled to face the Mustangs' Mason Radeke (5-1, 2.48 ERA) on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Baggett Stadium.
On a positive note, the Titans are expecting sophomore Richy Pedroza (Covina, Calif., Northview HS) to return to the line-up this week after suffering a shoulder injury the same Friday night Terry was injured. Pedroza came out mid-inning after a relay throw to the plate in the Friday night loss to the Anteaters. Pedroza saw two pinch-hitting opportunities this past weekend versus the Gauchos.
Pedroza currently leads the team with a .356 batting average, has an on-base percentage of .405 and has five stolen bases to his credit.