Rutledge status iffy for Kentucky

By: Matt Jones
Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Arkansas pitcher Jackson Rutledge (99) is congratulated by catcher Grant Koch after recording the final out of a game against Southern Cal on Friday, March 2, 2018, in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas pitcher Jackson Rutledge (99) is congratulated by catcher Grant Koch after recording the final out of a game against Southern Cal on Friday, March 2, 2018, in Fayetteville.

— Arkansas freshman reliever Jackson Rutledge might miss the Razorbacks' series against No. 4 Kentucky this weekend.

Rutledge is dealing with arm soreness, Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said following the Razorbacks' 13-4 win over Texas on Tuesday. He has not pitched since a one-inning appearance against Southern Cal on March 4.

"We’re giving him a little bit of time," Van Horn said. "We may give him to the weekend or through the weekend; we’re not sure yet. He should definitely be ready by the time we go to Charlotte (next Tuesday)."

Rutledge hasn't allowed an earned run in 6 2/3 innings this season and hitters are batting just .087 against him.

Kentucky also is dealing with injuries in its pitching staff. According to D1Baseball.com, the Wildcats will be without sophomore left-hander Zack Thompson this weekend because of what was described as a flexor strain.

Thompson has started games all four weekends for the Kentucky and has a 6.11 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings. He pitched three innings in the Wildcats' win over No. 5 Texas Tech last Saturday.

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