CWS: Gutierrez Miami's Savior

By Doug Kroll - June 20, 2006

Through two-third's of the season Miami's righthanded sophomore Carlos Gutierrez was the ace of the staff. Up until the March 31st meeting with Clemson, Gutierrez had a 1.65 ERA and was 7-1 on the season. Things got ugly after that, after giving up 7 runs to Clemson and picking up his second loss of the year. After being hit in his pitching belbow with a ball, doctors felt that it had put too much stress on an already tired arm which had not been used to throwing as many innings as he had. Gutierrez had always been a basketball player and in his freshman season, he had only tossed 10 innings. It was widely speculated that he would be out not only the rest of the 2006 season, but the whole 2007 season as he would need to go under the knife for Tommy John surgery. That's what Gutierrez's mom had told me after the Georgia Tech series the final weekend of the year, when he gave it one last try and didn't have anything on his pitches. He lasted just 1.2 innings givng up 3 hits and 5 runs while walking 2 and hitting a batter as well. That day was May 19th, and it was the last time he pitched. Doctors have changed their minds since then, and have decided that there will only need to be minor surgery done after the season in which bone chips will have to be removed. Since his 7-1 start, Gutierrez is just 2-5 and has seen his ERA balloon to 4.08. In those seven starts, his ERA has been 6.81. He will be asked to save Miami's season, at least another day, and revert back to what we saw out of him his first 9 starts of the year, when he was being put on watch lists all over the place. Lefty sophomore Manny Miguelez will be ready and on call just in case Gutierrez continues his struggles.

Posted by Doug Kroll at 05:24 PM on June 20, 2006

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