Bouman injures ankle, questionable for Georgia series

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU pitcher Kyle Bouman is questionable for this weekend after spraining his ankle Monday. Show caption
Advocate file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU pitcher Kyle Bouman is questionable for this weekend after spraining his ankle Monday.

Cody Glenn might start on the weekend after all.

LSU starting pitcher Kyle Bouman sprained his ankle during Monday’s practice and is questionable to start in this weekend’s series against Georgia, coach Paul Mainieri said Tuesday.

Bouman, a junior college transfer from Missouri, was expected to start the Sunday game against the Bulldogs (13-8, 1-2 SEC) at Alex Box Stadium. Jared Poché has been moved up in the weekend rotation, from Sunday to Saturday, a switch expected to be made before Bouman’s injury.

Glenn, who lost the weekend job to Bouman, is likely to replace him if Bouman is unable to pitch Sunday for the Tigers (17-4, 1-2).

Glenn will still start against South Alabama (10-8) on Wednesday at Alex Box, but he’ll only pitch about two innings, Mainieri said.

Glenn has a 4.79 ERA.

He started his relief appearance in Saturday’s rubber match at Vanderbilt by hitting a batter to load the bases and then issuing a bases-loaded walk.

Bouman claimed the weekend job over Glenn with an impressive four starts in the season-opening non-conference schedule. Starting Saturday’s Game 2 in a series loss at Vanderbilt last weekend, Bouman allowed three hits and three runs during a 41-pitch first inning before settling in.

Bouman (3-1, 2.20) left his feet to make a catch during Monday’s practice and landed on a ball, rolling his ankle and resulting in what Mainieri called “a pretty nasty sprained ankle.”

LSU is currently down to 11 healthy pitchers, about six or seven below normal.

The Tigers have lost Alden Cartwright to a strained shoulder for at least a week, but likely two. He suffered the injury in the second game at Vanderbilt.

LSU lost three pitchers to injury before the season, and one, Mitch Sewald, left the team after a DWI arrest.

“We’ve got one of two choices. You can sit around and whine and complain and feel sorry for yourself or you can pick yourself up by the bootstraps and overcome it,” Mainieri said. “All it does is provide an opportunity for somebody else.”