After much has been made about the amount of innings, pitches, and starts Arizona Wildcats ace Nathan Bannister has thrown in this year’s NCAA Tournament, the 28th round pick by the Seattle Mariners exited Friday’s win over Oklahoma State in the third inning due to what he termed "forearm tightness".
Bannister says he left game due to precautionary reasons pic.twitter.com/7P05dIKj9C— Ezra Amacher (@EzraAmacher) June 24, 2016
"It was just precautionary," Bannister explains in the video above. "Just looking at Coach (Dave) Lawn and everything lately, we just decided it was a good time to come out at that point."
"It’s mostly forearm area and it just didn’t feel right."
Jay Johnson said Nathan Bannister felt discomfort, something he felt a few summers ago. Johnson said he feels optimistic about it.— Michael Lananna (@mlananna) June 24, 2016
While Bannister was pitching on almost normal rest on Friday -- five days rest being nothing out of the ordinary regular season week for him -- a build up of fatigue over the past three weeks makes an injury more likely, not necessarily being the ultimate cause for it though.
Nathan Bannister's postseason:— Michael Lananna (@mlananna) June 24, 2016
June 3: 7 IP, 96 P
June 6: 7 IP, 102 P
June 11: 6 IP, 86 P
June 18: 7 IP, 118 P
Left after 2.2 IP, 47 P today
This is apparently a difficult concept, but we can't tell if Bannister is hurt because of overuse. But odds of injury are greater b/c of it.— Alex Williams (@AlexHWilliams) June 24, 2016
Bannister’s previous experience with this came in the Cape Cod League in the summer of 2014. He started four games, appeared in seven, totaling 30 1/3 innings for the Orleans Firebirds that summer before having to leave.
It’s likely that we have seen the last of Bannister in an Arizona uniform. It was a pleasure, and it’s too bad that it had to end with a trainer coming out to the mound.