Hart posts on Twitter that he will have surgery

Indiana junior left-hander Kyle Hart posted on his Twitter account on Monday morning that he will have surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left arm. Hart is most likely referring to Tommy John surgery, which is formally known as ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, and this most likely will end his season.

“I will have surgery to repair the torn UCL in my elbow,” Hart posted on Twitter. “Can’t wait to support my teammates the rest of this year. I’ll be back.”

Hart was 3-1 this season with a 2.29 earned run average and 25 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings. He had earned the spot as Indiana’s No. 2 starter behind senior Joey DeNato, but hasn’t pitched since March 30 when he left a start against Ohio State after four innings with pain in his forearm.

UPDATE: Indiana confirmed that Hart will have Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of the season in the following release.

Hart to Undergo Surgery, Miss Remainder of 2014 Season

 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head baseball coach Tracy Smith announced Monday that junior southpaw Kyle Hart will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the 2014 season. He is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the 2015 campaign.

“This is a tough break for Kyle, but surgery is the best option for him right now,” Smith said.  “We look forward to Kyle returning better than ever and leading our pitching staff in 2015.”

 Hart posted a 3-1 record with a 2.29 earned run average and one save in six starts and nine overall appearances this year.  He won back-to-back Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors on March 17 and 24, and surrendered just three earned runs in 28.1 innings pitched in the entire month of March.

7 comments

  1. They have been playing without him for a few weeks now. They have done alright to this point. It is good for the younger pitchers to get their shots.

  2. Tough, tough break! He’s brought a lot of fans and a lot of pride to Indiana. Hope his recovery is speedy and leaves him with his big time talent absolutely intact. Thank you Mr. Hart!

  3. IUhoosier1992- are you kidding??!! It is not “good for the younger pitchers to get their shots.” Only a ghoul would say that. It is good that there are younger pitchers who can try to fill the hole left by Mr. Hart…and hopefully do so well, but no way “it’s good”… it’s a damn shame!

  4. I wasn’t saying the injury was good. I was saying that now is the time for the younger pitchers to step up. The whole next man up thing. Trust me, my baseball career was destroyed by an injury. I had 2-3 D1 offers to play baseball from Arkansas, Ohio St., IU, and Michigan, but a torn ACL my senior year in sectional killed that. I was going to committt to IU and play for Coach Morgan. I came to IU anyways for the business school. That was back when torn ACL were a career killer. Plus I was a catcher and the knee was shot. I feel sorry for any kid to see this happen, but now the team has to rally and next man up to fill that role because someone has to. Shame on you for assuming what I was trying to say and putting words in my mouth.

  5. iuhoosier1992, I didn’t assume anything, it is exactly and verbatum what post #2 said. Glad you clarified it. I’ll gladly accept your correction, it is ‘a good thing’ you did so.

  6. 92, I completely understood what you were saying. I think it is clear that you expressed that the younger guys are stepping up in an unfortunate situation. I think all but one person could properly understand what you were saying. Tsao just like to feel superiority over others, so don’t sweat it.

    I agree, too. Harts loss is a huge bummer and I hope a kid with a bright future ahead of him makes a strong recovery. But our younger guys have stepped up. I think it was a good observation you made.

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