COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s pitching staff looks to have one less potential weekend starter this season as sophomore RHP Ross Oltorik, from Cincinnati and Archbishop Moeller High School, will miss the 2010 campaign due to a recent shoulder injury.
Oltorik met with experts in Cincinnati Wednesday and was administered an MRI. He is currently waiting to have follow-up discussions with Dr. Tim Kremchek, Cincinnati Reds medical director and chief orthopaedic surgeon, on the next course of action. While surgery is a possibility, Oltorik said Thursday that Kremchek may advise a four-month rehabilitation regime.
“I’m not exactly sure what will happen next,” Oltorik said, “but I am expecting another discussion with Dr. Kremchek after he has had more of an opportunity to look at the test results and discuss the MRI with his assistants. He has initially said that a four-month rehabilitation program might be the first thing we do.”
Either way, the 2010 season is over before it started for Oltorik.
“There nothing I can do about it at this point,” Oltorik said. “I was really feeling good and enjoying being a part of this team. And the team was practicing so well. They are still going to have an outstanding season and I’ll look forward to watching the guys and see how the season unfolds.”
Ohio State coach Bob Todd has seen his share of injuries in a 38-year coaching career and was most-concerned about Oltorik when he learned the news.
“We do so much in terms of warming up and taking care of arms and shoulders,” Todd said Thursday before the team departed for Jacksonville, Fla., and the start of its season. “We don’t know how it happened, but Ross started to feel some pain late last week and he felt the need to see Dr. Kremchek.”
Oltorik played in 11 games for the Buckeyes last year as a true freshman. Despite not taking part in 2008 fall drills because he was a member of the Ohio State football team, Oltorik was called upon to make six starts and he posted a 1-1 record in 31.0 innings pitched. He pitched 5.0 innings to get his first collegiate win against Hartford and he had a solid 5.0 innings of two-hit, shutout baseball against Ball State.
Oltorik has since stopped playing football at Ohio State.