We've got a pair of notable injuries to report today: Missouri State ace righthander Pierce Johnson will not pitch against Bradley this weekend with a mild forearm strain, while Gonzaga two-way star Marco Gonzales will miss his second consecutive weekend with a knee injury.
Johnson, a junior flame-thrower who is 2-3, 2.01 for the 21-8 Bears, has seen his draft stock shoot up this spring. It was soaring after his 16-strikeout, complete-game shutout against Creighton on March 23. But Dallas Baptist made him work last week, and he threw 78 pitches in three innings before exiting with a forearm soreness. Bears pitching coach Paul Evans said Johnson will miss his start against Bradley this weekend, but he hopes the righty can return to face Illinois State in two weeks.
Gonzales, a sophomore lefthander/first baseman, is the leading hitter (.417) and top pitcher (4-0, 1.25) for the 18-7 Zags. He had surgery on Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, sidelining him for this past weekend's series against Pepperdine and the upcoming series at San Diego. The Bulldogs hope to get him back for the Santa Clara series in two weeks, but that timetable is uncertain.
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