Baseball America has confirmed an ESPN report that Oregon State lefthander Josh Osich will miss all of 2010 after having Tommy John surgery on Jan. 12. The Beavers say the injury apparently occurred when Osich slipped trying to do a distance throw, but doctors said it was a clean rupture as opposed to a tendon that's frayed from overuse.
Due to inconsistent command and an unrefined feel for pitching, Osich has thrown just 51 innings—mostly in relief—in two years for OSU, but he was considered a candidate to be drafted in the first round because of his mid-to-upper-90s fastball, above-average changeup and physical 6-foot-3 build. He had a minor elbow procedure last summer, but the Beavers said this fall that he was progressing well in his rehab and they expected him to be ready by Opening Day in February.
A team could still take a flier on Osich in the first five rounds even after the surgery, but it's more likely that he will return to Corvallis for his junior year in 2011. In the meantime, Oregon State has more than enough power arms to withstand his loss this year.
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