FSU announces starting rotation
Just three days ahead of its season-opening series against Rhode Island, Florida State officially announced its starting pitcher rotation on Tuesday morning. There's no surprise on the front end of the rotation as ace Brandon Leibrandt will remain in the Friday night starter role. The leftie will be followed up by two right-handers Scott Sitz and Peter Miller. Sitz, who really came up big for the Seminoles in the postseason last year, will be the Saturday starter, and Miller will get the nod on Sunday. Up until two weeks ago, the only uncertainty regarding the starting rotation was who would fill the third spot. Sitz was the favorite to fill the position. That is, until the school announced that sophomore Mike Compton will miss the entire 2013 season to repair a torn-ligament in his right elbow. As a freshman, Compton was nothing short of spectacular for the Seminoles going 12-2 on the season with a 2.87 ERA in 18 starts as the Seminoles second starter. Compton suffered an offseason injury to his pitching arm and at first the extent of the injury was unknown. FSU originally shut him down for the first few weeks of practice to monitor it. But once it was clear that something more serious could be wrong, Compton was re-evaluated by doctors who told him he would need to undergo the words most feared by a pitcher: ‘Tommy John' surgery. Compton will be in rehab for the next 8-10 months, but the Seminoles expect him to come back better than ever in 2014. While the Seminoles have announced its rotation for this weekend, its far from being set in stone. Sophomore right-hander Luke Weaver is another guy that could potentially be moved into the weekend rotation but will remain as a midweek starter for the time being. FSU's season opens this Friday when the Seminoles play host to Rhode Island at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
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