The UH baseball team received more discouraging news when an MRI showed center fielder Adam Fogel suffered significant damage to his right (throwing) shoulder.
Fogel suffered the injury during an eighth-inning slide a week ago. The hope was the injury was not too serious, and that he eventually would feel good enough to be used as a designated hitter, at the least. But the pain did not subside, and Friday’s MRI confirmed the worst-case scenario.
It appears Fogel will need surgery that would end his 2019 season after 41 at-bats.
“It’s bad news for Adam,” coach Mike Trapasso said. “I feel terrible for him.”
The Rainbow Warriors have endured several medical setbacks. Left-hander Kyle Hatton and second baseman Dustin Demeter underwent underwent offseason surgeries that ended their 2019 season before it began. Catcher Dallas Duarte has missed the past three games because of a sprained ankle. Right-hander Aaron Davenport is expected to not pitch for at least another week because of an arm strain.
But Fogel’s absence will be the most impactful. He has the best range among the outfielders, a key asset to combating Les Murakami Stadium’s crosswinds. He also was a true middle-of-the-order hitter. Last year, 27 of his 58 hits went for extra bases. For most juniors, the draft stock and negotiation leverage are the highest after the third season of college ball.