University of Kentucky pitcher Alex Meyer has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and will have to sit out for three to four weeks, baseball coach Gary Henderson announced Wednesday.
Meyer, a 6-foot-9 sophomore right-hander from Greensburg, Ind., leads the team with 52 strikeouts in 402⁄3 innings pitched.
Meyer (4-2, 7.30 ERA) has made eight starts and appeared in nine games for UK in 2010. Over his two-year career, Meyer has struck out 132 in 1001⁄3 innings, allowing 99 hits.
"I feel really bad for Alex," Henderson said. "He has really been making some good strides and is obviously getting better daily. This will only be a temporary setback for him. What this will do is provide an opportunity for some of our guys to step up and fill a vital role on our club."
The next four weeks for the UK baseball team include Southeastern Conference weekend series against Florida, Auburn, Tennessee and South Carolina.
Kentucky (21-12, 4-8 SEC) will return to action Friday, hosting No. 7 Florida in a three-game series at Cliff Hagan Stadium.