Vanderbilt baseball pitcher Michael Doolin is not on the Commodores’ active roster and will not pitch in 2023 due to injury, coach Tim Corbin told The Tennessean.
Doolin, a top-100 recruit in the class of 2019 according to Perfect Game, has not pitched since 2020 due to a series of elbow injuries. That year, he had a 0.87 ERA and one save in 10⅓ innings pitched. Doolin first suffered an injury that required Tommy John surgery prior to the 2021 season, then necessitated a second surgery in December of that year.
He was originally slated to return for the 2023 season, but suffered another injury setback a few weeks before the season opener. On Feb. 14, Corbin said that Doolin would throw that day but that the situation would be handled with care. However, Corbin said Wednesday that Doolin was not among the players on the active roster for the 2023 season.
Teams are typically allowed to have only 35 players active each season, though the Commodores are allowed to have 36 this year because right-handed pitcher Jack Anderson does not count towards the limit as he is a sixth-year senior using his extra COVID year of eligibility. Any players who suffer season-ending injuries prior to the season do not count against the roster limit but are still allowed to remain with the team. Other players who do not make the active roster are required to redshirt and cannot participate with the team during the season.
The other player not on the active roster for 2023, according to Corbin, is freshman infielder Raymond Velazquez.
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