LSU's Aaron Nola isn't expected to pitch this week.
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Aaron Nola Diagnosed with Muscle Fatigue in Shoulder
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Published: April 02, 2012, 03:33 PM (CT)
Updated: April 03, 2012, 12:44 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE - LSU freshman right-hander Aaron Nola has been diagnosed with muscle fatigue in his throwing shoulder, coach Paul Mainieri announced Monday.

Mainieri said there is no structural damage to Nola's shoulder, and he should be ready to pitch again by next weekend versus Alabama. He will accompany the team to Gainesville, Fla. this week for the Tigers' series versus No. 1 Florida, but he very likely will not make an appearance on the mound against the Gators.

"He's going to rest for three or four days, and he'll throw a little while we're in Gainesville to see how he feels," Mainieri said. "He definitely won't start a game this week, and I would say it's doubtful he'll pitch at all against Florida. I'd be surprised, though, if he's not ready to pitch again next week against Alabama."

Nola was removed in the seventh inning of Sunday's game against Arkansas after he experienced discomfort in his shoulder. He worked 6.1 innings against the Razorbacks, limiting them to two runs on three hits with one walk and a career-best nine strikeouts.

"Aaron was working so hard on the mound, and he was throwing as hard as he ever has," Mainieri said. "The muscles in his shoulder fatigued, so he had to come out of the game. We're very optimistic he'll be back at full strength very soon."

 

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