UK Baseball

UK pitcher Meyer out 3-4 weeks with mono

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.