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Texas 3B Kody Clemens to undergo Tommy John surgery

The talented sophomore was expected to be an integral part of David Pierce’s first team in 2017.

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Kody Clemens
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Texas Longhorns sophomore third baseman Kody Clemens will be undergoing Tommy John surgery, he announced Tuesday on Instagram.

The son of Texas and MLB great Roger Clemens was at times a bright spot on a lackluster Longhorn season in 2016 — he was the only freshman that started on opening day, and launched a walk-off home run to upset TCU in the Big 12 Tournament.

On the year, Clemens posted a .242 average with five home runs, tied for second best on the team.

“God has a plan. I believe everything happens for a reason. Don't doubt on me. I'll be back better than ever,” Clemens said in his announcement.

While Texas ace Morgan Cooper missed a whole season because of Tommy John surgery in 2015, Clemens’ 2017 season is not entirely ruled out — especially because he’s a position player. Not much information is available at the moment, but Orangeblood’s Dustin McComas has not eliminated the possibility of Clemens hitting at DH this year.:

Thankfully for Texas, the Longhorns have a plethora of infielders with strong arms to place at third base. Bret Boswell, Joe Baker, Travis Jones, and Tate Shaw are all experienced players who could play the position, and Texas also has incoming shortstops David Hamilton and Andres Sosa who could potentially move to third.

With Kacy Clemens now being a senior, here’s to hoping Kody’s arm heals enough to play one last college season with his brother this spring.