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Gator Baseball without Karsten Whitson for season-opening series, perhaps longer

By on February 15th, 2013

Three starters will take the mound for the Florida Gator baseball team in its season-opening series against Duke this weekend.

Not among those three is junior right-hander Karsten Whitson, who was sidelined with shoulder fatigue.

Whitson was expected to be the number two pitcher in the Gator weekend rotation, and that's likely where he'll be if he returns to action.

Currently, he's resting his shoulder; but multiple sources are reporting that Whitson will not pitch again this year.

Gators coach Kevin O'Sullivan said the decision was not made lightly.

O'Sullivan added that the team is adjusting its rotation due to Whitson's injury.

Whitson, the ninth overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft, battled arm fatigue last season and only pitched 33.1 innings in the regular season. He posted a 4-0 record with a 3.51 ERA.

The Gators open the season with a weekend series against Duke. Friday's first pitch is set for 7 p.m.

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