Florida has dismissed senior righthander Stephen Locke from the team in the wake of his arrest early Saturday morning for drunk driving. Locke, who started Florida’s opening game of the 2005 College World Series before missing all of 2006 with Tommy John surgery, made 12 starts a year ago, second-most on the team. The Gators were planning on using him as their Saturday starter in 2009 once he returned from a knee injury in late March.
Locke’s dismissal means Florida could have two freshmen in the weekend rotation. Lefthander Nick Maronde and rigthy Anthony Desclafani both have the talent and the polish to succeed immediately, but the Gators probably would have felt more comfortable with a senior going on Saturdays.
Locke’s dismissal comes days after Texas coach Augie Garrido received just a four-game suspension for a drunken driving arrest in Austin.
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