The University of Miami will attempt to turn around its recent baseball struggles when the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers (16-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) come to Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field for a three-game weekend series beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The No. 25 Canes (12-10, 4-2) will once again be without sophomore David Thompson, hitting .424 over his past 10 games with two doubles, a triple and six RBI. Thompson was at UM Hospital on Friday recuperating from an unspecified ailment that caused his arm to swell, his father, Ed, confirmed to the Miami Herald on Friday night. He is expected to remain there at least through early next week, Ed Thompson said.
Thompson’s diagnosis, if there is one, was not revealed.
UM coach Jim Morris said after Tuesday night’s loss to UCF that Thompson’s arm — Morris indicated on a video it was his upper right arm — was very swollen.
It was initially believed he was bitten by a spider, Morris said. However, Ed Thompson said it was “not a spider bite” and that his son was going to be OK. UM also confirmed Friday that Thompson had been in the hospital and was being tested for the swollen arm.
After winning five in a row earlier this month, the Canes have lost five of their past seven games.
UM left-hander Chris Diaz (4-0, 2.05 ERA) will start Saturday against left-hander Nathan Kirby (5-0, 0.59).