LSU freshman pitcher Eric Walker will undergo Tommy John surgery due to a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow, according to LSU Sports Information.

Because of his injury, Walker will miss the 2018 season.

“Obviously, the news on Eric’s elbow is very disheartening,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “First of all, my heart bleeds for Eric as this is not the conclusion to a wonderful freshman year that any of us envisioned. Eric was a rock all year in our weekend rotation and a vital contributor to our SEC Championship, as well as our appearance in the College World Series.

“Had Eric not become hurt, there is no telling how the finals of the CWS could have turned out. He’s an outstanding young man with great leadership ability, and I have no doubt he will meet this challenge in his life as he does every other challenge. He will return to our team better than ever for the 2019 season.”

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