Kansas Reliever Bochy to Miss Remainder of Season
April 12, 2010
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
Kansas junior relief pitcher Brett Bochy will miss the remainder of the 2010 season after undergoing successful Tommy John surgery last week in Pensacola, Fla. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews.
“Obviously, this is a devastating loss for our team and one that will not be easy to overcome,” Kansas head coach Ritch Price said. “Everyone associated with our baseball program respects Brett as not only an outstanding player, but a great teammate as well. The good news is that the surgery was a success and Brett will be able to continue his career.”
Bochy, a redshirt junior from Poway, Calif., was 2-0 for the Jayhawks in 12 relief appearances this season. The junior had posted a 0.78 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 23 innings and collecting a team-high five saves. Bochy recorded saves in KU’s series win at then-No. 1 LSU in March, and recently collected a win and a save in the Jayhawks’ series win at Baylor.
He had been named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week twice during the 2010 season. In his Kansas career, Bochy is 7-0 with a 3.62 ERA in 55 career appearances. He has posted 32 walks and 110 strikeouts in 77 innings in a Jayhawk uniform.
“This is very disappointing to happen at this point in the season when I thought I was pitching well, and the team was playing well,” Bochy said. “It’s something we’ll have to get through, and hopefully in the long-run I can be stronger after rehabbing.”
Bochy, the son of San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, plans to spend the summer in the Bay Area with his family rehabilitating. He has the option of returning to Kansas for his senior season.
“One of the most rewarding parts of the coaching profession is having the opportunity to watch young men develop their skills through hard work and reach their goals of becoming impact players at the Division I level,” Price said. “It has been a thrill to see Brett reach his potential and become one of the best pitchers in America.”