Elbow Injury Sidelines Goeddel
Erik Goeddel, a top 50 high school pitching prospect in this year's
draft, will miss four to six weeks after suffering a partial tear of
the collateral ligament in his right elbow.
The injury kept
Goeddel, a senior righthander from San Jose's Bellarmine Prep, from
facing off against friend and fellow prospect Kyle Blair and Los Gatos
(Calif.) High in the season openers for both teams.
Bellarmine Prep coach Gary Cunningham said Goeddel experienced
"tightness in his elbow in the bullpen during a warmup session," in
early February. Goeddel was unable to pitch in the highly anticipated
showdown that drew well over 50 scouts. He had an MRI, and will miss at
least a month.
"We found out he has a partial tear of the
collateral ligament, but those often can heal," Erik's father, David
Goeddel said. "From talking with doctors, it is not serious enough now
to say that he needs to have Tommy John (surgery). We want to see if
rehab and rest will let it heal . . . If it doesn't, maybe we will look
into other options."
Meanwhile, Blair struck out four batters in
four hitless innings, and even got Goeddel, who was in the Bellarmine
lineup as DH, propelling Los Gatos to a 1-0 win.