By Matt Schneidman
July 23, 2014
Before Sean Beckman (USC) even threw a warm-up pitch after relieving Trey Wingenter (Auburn) to start the fifth, he motioned to his right arm in pain.
Beckman appeared to have injured himself warming up in the bullpen before coming in to pitch, but head coach Mike Roberts called on him anyway as there seemed to be a miscommunication between the bullpen and dugout.
Trainer Craig Moody came out to check on Beckman along with Roberts and home plate umpire John Guansi, and they determined he wasn’t healthy to continue. Reagan Bazar (Louisiana-Lafayette) came in instead with Cotuit trailing 6-0 and allowed six runs in two innings, as the Kettleers (16-19-1) suffered a 12-4 loss to Bourne (23-11-1) at Doran Park on Wednesday night.
Wednesday would’ve been Beckman’s second appearance of the season. He made his Cotuit debut July 19 against Harwich, going 1.1 innings while walking none and throwing 16 of his 24 pitches for strikes.
After that game against Harwich, Roberts said how useful Beckman could be to the Kettleers, as he is a strike-throwing pitcher with good offspeed material. Often times, Cotuit pitchers have struggled with command and Beckman is someone who maintains good command even though he doesn’t overwhelm batters with speed.
Roberts said Beckman would be used as a middle reliever to face around three to six batters per outing, but after Wednesday’s injury, his status is unclear going forward.
NOTE: Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) was removed from the game after being hit in the right hand with a pitch in the sixth inning, and had an ice bag covering his entire right hand after the game. Wiseman is coming off arguably his best performance of the year, as he hit a home run and double in a 6-5 win against Chatham on Tuesday.