Pepperdine update

Hey folks, some quick news to pass on here…

Nice work by Baseball America yesterday filling us in about Brett Hunter’s return from injury (it didn’t go so well) and Eric Thames’s exit. Here’s a little more detailed info:

One scout I spoke to felt Hunter is pitching hurt and looked that way in his start on Tuesday. Things could change, but the plan was to have him start on Sunday against San Diego if Peppderdine won the first game on Friday and the WCC championship went to three games (it’s a best 2-of-3 deal). If the Waves lost on Friday, Hunter was scheduled to be available in relief.

The news on Thames isn’t so good. As BA reported, the buzz was that he was likely done for the season, Indeed he is. I’ve learned that he tore his right quad and will be having surgery tomorrow (Friday). He’s expected to be out for at least six weeks, a tough break for a college outfielder who’d been hitting .407 and slugging .769 to move himself into possible sandwich pick territory. How this affects his draft status remains to be seen. A year ago, Cal Poly’s Grant Desme broke his wrist late, but still went in the second round to the A’s. If that’s Thames’ fate, that’s not too bad. Only time will tell…

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