Sam Horn update: Eli Drinkwitz describes Mizzou QB's pitching injury, spring status
Sam Horn worried Mizzou fans everywhere when he exited Saturday’s Tigers baseball game with an apparent arm injury. Eli Drinkwitz revealed Monday that his second-year quarterback avoided a major injury.
Drinkwitz had some fun with the situation. After saying Horn’s name, Drinkwitz paused for dramatic before saying the redshirt freshman QB, a former 4-star recruit, would be limited in practice.
“He did suffer… I don’t have the exact diagnosis in front of me, but he did suffer … a sprain and a forearm strain from a pitch that he threw on Saturday night that has been MRI’d and has been examined by not only our orthopedist but also a second opinion,” Drinkwitz told reporters. “We believe that we have that diagnosed well. There was no damage to any ligaments for you baseball guys out there, but he did suffer a forearm strain. So he probably will not throw the football tomorrow but looking forward to getting him back to football probably Thursday or Saturday.”
Complete with dramatic pause…. Drinkwitz reveals that @_sam_horn did not suffer any major damage in Saturday’s injury while pitching for #Mizzou Baseball pic.twitter.com/ZwMDE01Am9
— Ben Arnet (@BenArnetKOMU) February 27, 2023
Horn’s importance for spring
A healthy Horn is key to making the spring practices productive for the Mizzou offense. The QB room will be back to desirable depth in the fall with the return of injured incumbent starter Brady Cook and the addition of 4-star signee Gabarri Johnson, but these 15 spring practices mean a lot to a team’s growth and development. The first- and second-string offenses need to practice with the quarterbacks who could play in a game.
Jake Garcia is a solid addition from the transfer portal, but it would have been rough having only 1 scholarship QB available for spring practice.
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Prudent coaching staff would start installing 2023 offense and defense in December of 2022. So if they blow off December thru July and start learning their game a month before their first snap, what’s that going to look like on TV? Three Stooges maybe?
And I mention Wyoming because it’s a trend in multiple head coaches. When assistants are being promoted private meetings between the AD and the Head Coach have to happen at least twice a year. A lot of constructive commenting and some “did you know this” and “this” are are coming up a little short”
So who is the AD and who are the asst. ADs really do matter, in my experience.
Is it ok to talk about the healing progress on the Horn training room program? I understand privacy but usually good news has a way of getting un-private. And is anybody from sports medicine working with Drink on effective efficient warm ups that are safe but don’t waste time.