University of Miami left-handed ace pitcher Andy Suarez will miss at least one more week of baseball as the Hurricanes (6-3) prepare to play Wright State (4-2) in a three-game series that begins at 7 p.m. Friday at Mark Light Field.
Miami coach Jim Morris told the Miami Herald on Thursday that Suarez, who pulled an oblique muscle during warmups last Friday at Gainesville, was still recuperating and will be replaced by lefty Thomas Woodrey (2-0, 2.13 ERA) in the Wright State opener.
Redshirt junior Suarez chose to return to the Hurricanes this season after being drafted last June in the second round – 57th overall – by the Washington Nationals and giving up what would have been nearly $1 million in slot money. He was the highest drafted player to return to college this season.
Suarez’s only appearance of 2015 was on opening night against Rutgers. He gave up two earned runs in five innings on eight hits and two walks, but did not earn a decision in UM’s victory.
“He’ll be fine,” Morris said. “Whether it takes two weeks or three weeks, when his body tells him he’s ready he’ll be back.
“… The good news is it’s not an arm injury – it’s not huge. He’ll be fine. But we’re not going to rush him, at all, under any condition.”
Wright State is coached by former UM catcher Greg Lovelady, who won two national championships under Morris in 1999 and 2001.
After Woodrey’s start Friday, UM will go with right-handed junior Enrique Sosa (1-1, 1.54) at 7 p.m. Saturday and right-handed sophomore Derik Beauprez (1-0, 4.50) at 1 p.m. Sunday.