The initial word on the status of Arizona freshman pitcher Kenzie Fowler is that she will be “fine” for the Women’s College World Series that begins Thursday.
Fowler was knocked out of Saturday’s Super Regional against BYU when the Cougars’ second batter of the game, J.C. Clayton, lined a shot back up the middle. Fowler protected herself with her arms, with the ball hitting her right (pitching) forearm.
After being pulled from the game, Fowler was in the dugout with her right forearm wrapped in ice.
In the fourth inning, she went to the bullpen to throw some warm-up pitches, which was a good sign.
“We had it X-rayed. There are no breaks,” coach Mike Candrea said after Arizona won the best-of-three series against BYU with a 10-2 victory in five innings. “It’s just sore right now. I think it will be fine.”
Candrea said there was some swelling in Fowler’s forearm.
Arizona will resume practice Monday in Tucson before leaving for Oklahoma City, where it will face Tennessee in the opening round of the World Series. Candrea won’t be at practice Monday, however, because he has to travel to Oklahoma City on Sunday as part of the All-American selection committee.
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