Wichita State pitcher Sam Tewes headed to arm exam

06/26/2014 2:46 PM

08/08/2014 8:26 PM

Wichita State pitcher Sam Tewes will undergo an MRI on his right arm next week, Shocker coach Todd Butler said Thursday.

Tewes, a sophomore, came out during the second inning of Wednesday’s game in the Cape Cod League, complaining of tingling in his fingers and an inability to grip the ball.

Butler said Tewes, from Lincoln, Neb., did not hear a pop or feel pain. He will return home next week for an examination.

“He sounded optimistic,” Butler said. “Hopefully, it’s just a strain.”

Tewes’ health is an important factor for WSU’s 2015 season. He will be the lone returning member of the rotation. He earned Freshman All-American honors for the Shockers with an 8-3 record and a 3.27 ERA.

Tewes suffered a dislocated right knee in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. He returned to pitch June 14 for the Cotuit Kettleers and is 1-2 with a 7.44 ERA in three appearances.

•  Butler said nothing has changed with WSU’s six drafted recruits and he remains cautiously optimistic that they will play for the Shockers.

Pitcher Storm Rynard, drafted in the 34th round, signed with Texas last week. The remaining recruits have until July 18 to decide on signing with the pros or attending college.

Third baseman Chase Rader, from Coffeyville Community College, went to Detroit in the 16th round. Cincinnati took pitcher Isaac Anderson, from the College of Southern Idaho, in the 19th round. Pitcher Sam Hilliard, from Crowder (Mo.) College, went in the 31st round to Minnesota. Florida took pitcher Chase Williams, of Eastern Oklahoma State, in the 37th round. High school athletes Keenan Eaton, an outfielder from Parker, Colo., and Bishop Carroll catcher Taylor Sanagorski went in the 39th round; Eaton to Philadelphia and Sanagorski to the Tigers.

•  Dayne Parker, a senior shortstop on last season’s team, signed with Houston as a undrafted free agent. He started his pro career with Rookie League Greeneville (Tenn.) before moving up to Class-A (short season) Tri-City (N.Y.).
•  Curtis Whitten, an All-Metro selection at Heights as a junior, said he has received a scholarship offer from Wichita State. Whitten said he will attend Derby in the fall and will play running back on the football team.

Whitten plays center field and hit .448 with two home runs and 23 steals for Heights. He claims offers from Georgia Tech and Alabama State.

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