UVa Ace Pitcher Nathan Kirby to Miss 6-8 Weeks

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Nathan Kirby will miss 6-8 weeks with a strain of his left lat Nathan Kirby will miss 6-8 weeks with a strain of his left lat

 Virginia starting pitcher Nathan Kirby will miss approximately 6-8 weeks with a strain of his left latissimus dorsi muscle. An MRI confirmed the lat strain with no other associated injuries. Surgery will not be required.

Kirby suffered the injury last Friday (April 17) in the third inning of the Cavaliers' game with Miami.

Head coach Brian O'Connor said, "It actually happens every so often with pitchers. There's a history with guys in the major leagues who've actually had it. There's nothing else going on there other than the strained lat. They're talking six weeks recovery. We'll see. Its obviously unfortunate for our ball club and him."

Sophomore Matt Thaiss said, "We all feel bad for him. We're all disappointed. At the same time, we're not going to hold our heads down. We're not going to be upset. We can't we have to play a baseball game tomorrow."

Kirby is 5-2 with a 2.28 ERA in 10 starts this season. In 59 1/3 innings, he has allowed 50 hits and struck out an ACC-best 75 batters. He was a unanimous 2015 Preseason All-America pick and is on the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award.

A reigning All-American and the 2014 Co-ACC Pitcher of the Year, Kirby is 18-6 with a 2.76 ERA and 224 strikeouts in 205 1/3 career innings. Kirby has appeared in 52 career games, while making 30 starts, including 28 over the last two seasons.

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