The Ole Miss baseball team has loaded up and set out for a key weekend series against Mississippi State, but they've been forced to leave behind one of their top arms. A cartilage issue in his side has kept relief pitcher Aaron Greenwood from making the trip to Starkville, according to Chase Parham.
Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers reported earlier in the week that Greenwood was questionable with an undisclosed abdominal injury, and things have apparently taken a turn for the worst since then. There's been no further word on his status beyond this weekend.
There was a point earlier this season when this would have been insignificant (perhaps even welcome) news for Rebel baseball fans. Greenwood was an utter liability on the mound on the back end of 2013, and began this year by allowing three runs in his first four innings of work. But after a blazing hot March, the exasperated sighs of "shit, it's Greenwood" have died off. The Byhalia native hasn't allowed a single run over his last 19⅓ innings and has plunged his ERA down to 1.48.
While the Ole Miss bullpen is blessed with strong depth, the loss of Greenwood is a major blow to their chances of stealing a road series against State. Keep an eye on the pitch count for the Rebel starters this weekend, as they'll need to stretch out quality innings in order to compensate for the hole behind them.