UF pitcher dealing with another setback


Published: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 10:11 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at 10:11 a.m.

Just when Florida pitcher Tommy Toledo appeared to be on the way back from reconstructive shoulder surgery he has to deal with another setback.

Toledo was hit in the face by a line drive in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against Charleston Southern.

He has multiple fractures to his face, his father, Pete Toledo said, including a fractured cheekbone and a broken nose. Pete Toledo said the swelling will have to go down before the doctors can perform surgery, which might have to wait until the weekend.

Toledo missed the 2009 season with a medical redshirt while recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. As a freshman in 2008, he was third on the UF staff with 11 starts and was 4-4 with a 4.40 earned run average in 15 appearances.

Entering Sunday’s game, Toledo was 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA. He had 15 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.

“It was scary,” Pete Toledo told the St. Petersburg Times. “With guys hitting with those metal bats, your reaction time has to be amazing. These guys lift weights all year. That’s how they can hit these 400-foot home runs.”

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