Friday, June 02, 2006

Putnam Out; Vandy Up 3-1

It's only the bottom of the second inning in Atlanta, but Vanderbilt is already up 3-1 over Michigan. To compound the Wolverines dilemma, starter Zach Putnam has just been removed from the contest with an arm injury. Drew Taylor is going to replace Putnam with two Commodore runners on base.

Putnam, the highly touted freshman, has struggled from the very first batter this afternoon. He has been unable to locate the strikezone and was finally pulled with what appears to be a problem with his forearm.

Putnam had just returned to his role as Michigan's number one starter after spending several weeks lower in the rotation due to what was then labeled a tired arm. You have to wonder if today's issue is the same problem Putnam has been battling for the last several weeks.

It is only the second inning, but things are not going well for Rich Maloney's squad early on.