Blog – Brown not starting Friday, rotation shuffle

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore right hander Preston Brown (3-1, 1.95 ERA) will not draw the start Friday evening at No. 16 LSU (20-8-1, 3-5-1).

The No. 10 Bulldogs (20-10, 6-3) will instead go with junior left Ross Mitchell (5-1, 1.55 ERA) on Friday, with junior righty Trevor Fitts (2-1, 3.09 ERA) starting Saturday.

“We know for sure Brown is not going to pitch Friday night,” MSU head coach John Cohen said. “He threw a bullpen earlier in the week and had a little bit of a shoulder issue. We’re going to have to adjust to that.

“We have to wait and see how (Mitchell) feels on Friday,” Cohen said. “If Ross wakes up Friday and his arm’s not where he wants it to be, we’re for sure going to give him another day.”

Cohen said Brown could start Sunday, but if not, Ben Bracewell, Brandon Woodruff, Dakota Hudson and Vance Tatum are all real possibilities to be the third starter or the Friday starter if Mitchell isn’t ready. 

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