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Potential top-five pick Lucas Giolito to miss rest of high school season with elbow injury

Mar 7, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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California high school pitcher Lucas Giolito, who was widely projected as a top-five pick and potential No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft, will miss the remainder of the season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

When a pitcher tears his UCL it requires Tommy John surgery and a year-plus recovery, but Nathan Rode of Baseball America reports that Giolito is not expected to need surgery and has been given a 6-10 week recovery timetable.

Of course, sprained UCLs unfortunately become torn UCLs on occasion, so you can bet the injury will hurt Giolito’s draft stock and cause interested teams to do extra homework on the 6-foot-6 right-hander’s health status.

It may end up costing him millions of dollars and could potentially convince Giolito to delay his professional career, play a couple seasons of college ball, and give the draft another try once he’s healthy.

  1. Keith Arnold - Mar 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    Great news for UCLA… And weird — Wasn’t there a story about this guy throwing 100 last week? Note to prep phenoms: Wait until summer to start unleashing your best fastball.

    • dondada10 - Mar 7, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      You’re exactly right about that last point. I can still see a team in the 2nd round being bullish on him.

  2. muskyhunter2542 - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    Why does he have a Brewers hat on?

    • marshmallowsnake - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      His “Doctor” gave it to him.

      • racksie - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:39 PM

        Coincidentally, the same doctors as Ryan Braun.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 7, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Because the Brewers rule!!

    • notsofast10 - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      Because he was pitching for the Brewers at the Area Codes in Long Beach!

  3. tn16 - Mar 7, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    I can see a team taking a risk on him in the 2 round

    • schlom - Mar 7, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      With the new draft pool system if he wants top ten pick money he’ll almost have to be picked in the first 10 picks.

  4. aaronmoreno - Mar 7, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    He’ll get drafted, but if he commits, he could go past the second.

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