TCU ace pushed back to Sunday with neck issue

TCU pitching ace Jared Janczak will have his start pushed back to Sunday‘s game against Oklahoma because of a neck issue.

The junior right-hander has been the Horned Frogs‘ Friday night starter but has struggled in his last three outings. He‘s allowed eight runs in his past 15 innings, including four in 4 1/3 of his last start, March 30 against Oklahoma State.

Left-hander Nick Lodolo (4-1, 4.41 ERA) will start Friday‘s series opener for TCU (14-11, 3-3 Big 12) against the No. 19 Sooners at Lupton Stadium. Right-hander Sean Wymer (1-1) will pitch Saturday and Janczak is scheduled to start Sunday.

Oklahoma (21-10, 6-0) will throw right-handers Jake Irvin, Devon Perez and Nathan Wiles.

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TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said Janczak will be reassessed after throwing a bullpen session on Friday.

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TCU starting pitcher Sean Wymer earned his first win of the season after holding Kansas State scoreless over 7 2/3 innings in Sunday‘s 6-0 win. Stefan Stevensonsstevenson-telegram

Janczak is 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 41 innings this season. He‘s allowed 14 extra-base hits, including four homers and 10 doubles. That‘s as many extra-base hits as Janczak allowed in 93 1/3 innings in 2017. A year ago, he surrendered one home run.

“He’s a ground ball pitcher who right now isn’t getting any ground balls,” Schlossnagle said.

Janczak‘s velocity, especially on his sinking fastball has been down a bit. The neck issue was bothering him in the fall but had dissipated before the the start of the season.

The Horned Frogs‘ walked 10 batters in Tuesday‘s 3-2 loss at Dallas Baptist. The last time they walked than many in a game was April 12 against San Diego State.

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TCU coach Jim Schlossnagle said the Horned Frogs pitching staff stepped up this weekend to limit Kansas State to four runs in three games, including their first shutout on Sunday. McClatchysstevenson-telegram

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