Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
LSU head coach Paul Mainieri announced Thursday that freshman pitcher Eric Walker will miss the 2018 season due to a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow that will require surgery. Per

Walker, a product of Arlington, Texas, helped lead LSU to the 2017 Southeastern Conference championship and a berth in the College World Series, where the Tigers finished as the national runners-up. He is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery next Wednesday in Arlington, where it will be performed by Dr. Keith Meister, the head team physician of the Texas Rangers Major League Baseball club.

“Obviously, the news on Eric’s elbow is very disheartening,” Mainieri said. “First of all, my heart bleeds for Eric as this is not the conclusion to a wonderful freshman year that any of us envisioned. Eric was a rock all year in our weekend rotation and a vital contributor to our SEC Championship, as well as our appearance in the College World Series.
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el duderino III82 months
8+ years ago this would have been much worse news. Obviously he won't be available next season which sucks pretty bad, but given how much TJ surgery has advanced over the years, odds are we're going to get an even better walker the following season. And really as the tiger faithful, his future should take precedence over our hopes for a single season. Just my two cents
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eugene1928LSU82 months
Hate that for the young man best wishes on a quick recovery. Come back better than ever.
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BigPerm3082 months
It sucks that he'll miss next year but he should come back stronger than ever. Nothing but good things ahead for this kid.
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Twenty 4982 months
I love having this kid on our team. Best wishes to him on a full and speedy recovery.
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Jester83 months
The writing was very clearly on the wall.
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Lexman183 months
Damn! Sometimes bad things happen to good people and you just have to move forward. I think Eric will meet this challenge head on and be back better than ever in 2019. Best of luck Eric! You can do it!
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UFMatt83 months
I wish him a fast recovery and return to greatness, really good pitcher!
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lsutigermall83 months
They'll probably surprise us but next year's expectations should be a little less than stellar. Wishing Walker the best with his surgery.
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AustinKnight83 months
Well shite on this Thursday now this almost forces Hess into a starter role now rather than the possibility a couple guys stepping up in the offseason and leaving him to be our closer.
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lsubkd83 months
Damn this sucks! Hoping for the best man.
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Spankum83 months
Hate to hear this, but I am not surprised at all based on the way it all played out.
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luciouslou83 months
Dang. We are getting thin everywhere. Im afraid next year's gonna be tough. We lost a bunch good guys
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MadtownTiger83 months
Seems these days forearm tightness almost exclusively means TJ. Oh well 2018 will be tough, but he'll be much stronger in his elbow after. Might see an uptick in velocity, I saw a mlb pic a year or so ago that TJ surgery had gotten so advanced that elbows are stronger than before and some see 1-2 mph increase in avg fastball speed.
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lsusteve183 months
Terrible news. Best of luck on this kids recovery & hope he comes back better than ever.
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Witecoco83 months
Dang, I was hoping wouldn't be the outcome. Here's to a healthy recovery and to come back stronger.
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