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FSU’s Holton Tears Ligament in Elbow

Larry Novey/FSU athletics

The depth of Florida State’s pitching will be tested.

Ace Tyler Holton will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his elbow, according to a release, and will miss the remainder of the season. After tossing 4 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, Holton left in the fifth inning of Friday’s opener against Xavier.

“Tyler is a fine young man and we’re all disappointed at this setback in his career,” head coach Mike Martin said in a release. “He’s doing the best thing right now. We’ll be there for him and help guide him through the rehab process, but as a team, we have to keep moving forward on our goals for this season.”

Following Tuesday’s 5-2 win over South Florida, Martin said that Holton would have a second opinion. Despite that, we reported earlier that Holton’s injury would cause him to miss an extended amount of time after conferring with a source.

Holton was an All-American a season ago, according to numerous publications. The lefty elected to return for a junior season despite being drafted in the 35th round by the Miami Marlins in 2017.

With Holton out of the rotation, Cole Sands is expected to move up to the Friday spot and Drew Parrish to the Saturday spot for this weekend’s series with Troy. The top candidate to fill the Sunday spot was expected to be Andrew Karp, but Karp started on Tuesday. Freshman Austin Pollock will start the Sunday game this weekend, according to’s Kendall Rogers.

Holton joins a slew of injured FSU pitchers, which includes Chase Haney, who will miss the season after having Tommy John Surgery. Right-handers Will Zirzow and Ed Voyles have been also been on the shelf to start 2018.

Clint Eiland contributed to this article

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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