According to an update from Coach Smith on the IU Baseball Twitter page, sophomore left-hander Blake Monar will not pitch in this weekend's Big Ten/Big East Challenge, nor will he be making the trip to Florida with the team due to what Smith called a "sore shoulder."
It now makes more sense why Monar was originally slated to pitch on Sunday this weekend instead of Friday. I of course have no idea when Monar's shoulder began bothering him, but you have to wonder if it impacted his uncharacteristic performance last weekend at San Diego. Given that Monar was undoubtedly the staff ace heading into the 2010 season, this will definitely be a big loss for the Hoosiers this weekend. Let's hope this doesn't turn into something serious and that he is back on the mound at full strength soon.