April 17, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas A&M had a scary moment in Friday's game against rival Texas when, in the tenth inning, stud reliever John Stilson had to be taken out of the game because of an injury.
Stilson, who was pitching to Texas catcher Cameron Rupp, looked down at his forearm after a pitch. And when Texas A&M coach Rob Childress approached him on the mound, Stilson seemed visibly frustrated and in some pain.
Childress wasted little time taking Stilson out of the game and replaced him with Shane Minks.
Stilson went straight to the locker room to be evaluated after being removed from the game. Childress, though, insists the injury isn't a major issue.
"John just felt some tightness in his forearm," Childress said. "He is going to be fine."
The question that now arises is Stilson's availability for the rest of the series. Against the Longhorns on Friday, Stilson threw 54 pitches in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Overall, the Aggies can't afford to have Stilson out of the mix. The right-handed pitcher has blossomed into one of the nation's elite relievers this season with a 1.17 ERA in 46 innings. He also has struck out 71 and walked 14 and limited opposing teams to a .143 batting average.