NORMAN — Oklahoma pitcher Dillon Overton, tied for the Big 12 lead in wins, has been shut down indefinitely due to inflammation in his left (pitching) elbow.
A junior who is considered a potential first-round draft pick in Major League Baseball's June draft, Overton is 8-2 with a 2.52 earned run average and 66 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings. He last pitched Saturday, going six innings for the win in a 14-5 rout of New Orleans.
Sooners coach Sunny Golloway said Thursday that Overton would be held out for the foreseeable future, with an aim of having the left-hander back for postseason play.
“He wants to go,” Golloway said. “Doctors say he's day-to-day. But we're looking at the big picture and his best interest, with the approach of hopefully getting him back for postseason play.”
The loss of Overton, one of OU's most reliable pitchers over the past two seasons, will stress the Sooners' push for a Big 12 championship. At 8-4 in the conference, they lead second-place Kansas by percentage points, with the Jayhawks at 9-6. Kansas State (7-5) and Baylor (8-6) are also in pursuit.