COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina baseball is coming off a win in what coach Chad Holbrook called “an awfully big one.” Now, there’s more good news for the Gamecocks.
Closer Tyler Johnson has been cleared to return to pitch for the Gamecocks, announcing the news on his Twitter that he will be eligible to pitch Tuesday against North Carolina.
The feeling when you get cleared. ? See you Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/r3DDV5hqmv
— Tyler Johnson (@TyJohnson_21) April 8, 2017
The junior has been out since March 4 against Clemson, when he left with a sore arm and was shut down.
Johnson had converted four saves in the season’s first few weeks before the arm soreness set in. South Carolina’s bullpen has converted 11 saves as a group, but having Johnson’s presence back on the tail end of the bullpen is a major boost for USC.
“We have had a lot of close game,” outfielder Alex Destino said. “I’m not docking anybody on our team, but when Tyler Johnson runs out on the mound, it’s different when he runs out there. We are very excited. I’m just hoping and praying that everything comes back good — that he comes back like he was. Very excited.”
Holbrook said following South Carolina’s 6-1 win against Vanderbilt that Johnson will “be back fully ready to go” for the weekend series against Mississippi State. He also has said Johnson possibly could get work against North Carolina, giving him an opportunity to shake off any rust.