May 11, 2010
Fullerton, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton baseball received some uplifting news Tuesday evening as noted orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum found that there is no structural damage to sophomore Tyler Pill's right elbow following an examination and MRI last week.
The Titan right-handed pitcher and right fielder had been dealing with elbow soreness and arm fatigue after throwing from both the mound and the outfield, leading to the initial visit with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim team physician.
"The entire Titan baseball family got some great news tonight," third-year Titan Head Coach Dave Serrano said. "Our plan is to respect Tyler's career and the doctor's orders and monitor his rehab over the coming days and weeks. Our hope is that rest and rehabilitation will diminish any chance of the soreness returning."
Serrano has no definite timetable for Pill's return to the mound or the outfield. His status will remain listed as day-to-day.
"Rest" has limited the left-handed hitting Pill to the team's DH duties over four of the last five Titan ballgames.
Pill, who was the Titans' "Sunday starter," has not pitched since Apr. 25, missing his last two starts. But before that, Pill was dominant for three straight weekends. The Covina, Calif., native won three straight decisions from Apr. 11 to Apr. 25, allowing just one earned run over 21 1/3 innings against UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. In those three starts, Pill struck out 21 and walked just 2.
Prior to those three starts, Pill did not pitch in either the UC Davis or the Washington series, but did make two midweek starts against Arizona State and at Loyola Marymount.
Pill is 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 61 2/3 innings over 10 appearances on the mound and is hitting a smooth .354 with five home runs and 34 RBI at the plate. He was just added to the College Baseball Foundation's watch list for the inaugural John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award.
Freshman Dylan Floro will be on the mound this Sunday in Long Beach as the Titans take on the 49ers of Long Beach State.