Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Beeks questionable for next start
Jalen Beeks delivers a pitch during Arkansas' game against LSU on April 12, 2014 at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. LSU won 5-4.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas pitcher Jalen Beeks could miss this weekend's series against Texas A&M.
Beeks, the Razorbacks' Saturday starter for much of the Southeastern Conference season, is experiencing soreness in his throwing arm, Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said Monday. Beeks allowed six runs on 10 hits and pitched only 3 2/3 innings in a loss at Ole Miss on Saturday.
Van Horn said Beeks will be evaluated Monday and Tuesday before a determination is made on his status for the series against the Aggies. If Beeks can't pitch, Van Horn said right-hander Chris Oliver would likely move up in the rotation and the Razorbacks would not designate a starter for Sunday.
Beeks has Arkansas' lowest earned run average among starters (2.11) this season and has a 5-4 record. The left-hander also leads the team with 76 2/3 innings pitched.
The Razorbacks are also unsure of their catching situation entering the week. Senior Jake Wise left Saturday's game with a concussion and backup Blake Baxendale suffered a hamstring injury Sunday.
Van Horn said Baxendale felt better following the game and Wise will be evaluated as part of concussion protocol this week.
Arkansas (30-20, 11-13 SEC) lost two of three games at Ole Miss, losing back-to-back weekend series for the first time this season. Texas A&M (30-19, 12-12) is coming off a series win against LSU.