Feb. 11, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio Josh Dezse, a junior on the Ohio State baseball team, will sit out at least the first two months of the 2013 season with a stress reaction in his lower back, head coach Greg Beals announced Monday.

“Most importantly, this is disappointing for Josh,” Beals said. “It’s also a loss for our team as he has been a big part of our team the last two years. On the positive side, Josh hasn’t been right since fall ball and we now know why and have a path that we’re going to follow. Hopefully over the next two months we can get Josh healed and in a position to compete at the level that we’re accustomed to and we’ll wait until he’s at that point.”

“It’s not best for me or the team to compete right now because I’m unable to compete at the level I’m used to with the injury,” Dezse said. “The best thing is to take the two months off to heal and rehab and hopefully I’ll be at 100 percent at that time.”

Dezse finished second on the team with a .306 batting average and five home runs to go along with nine doubles, 33 RBI and 31 runs scored a season ago. The Powell, Ohio, native also made 24 appearances on the mound, going 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA and tied for third in the Big Ten with seven saves as he allowed opponents to hit a paltry .188.

The Buckeyes open the season against Mercer at 6 p.m. Friday in Sarasota, Fla.