Antoine Pitts of The Ann Arbor News reports that Zach Putnam will start for Michigan in tomorrow's opening game of the NCAA tournament. Paul Hammond had replaced Putnam several weeks ago as the Wolverines number one starter when Putnam had experienced a sore arm.
I'm not terribly surprised at the switch, as Hammond wasn't terribly effective in the Big Ten Tournament, and Putnam only lost his job due to injury. The strength of Michigan has been it's starting rotation and nearly all the parts have been interchangable. This change shouldn't throw off the team in any way.
Mr. Pitts also explains why the Michigan team's Big Ten Tourney celebration was understated and discusses the emergence of transfer Nate Recknagel.
Michigan's Jeff Kunkel is named as one of the three finalists for the 2006 Johnny Bench Award. The Bench Award is presented annually to college baseball's top catcher.
Baseball America previews the Atlanta Regional.
A look at the Wolverines first round opponent, Vanderbilt, courtesy of Bryan Mullen of The Tennessean.