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Texas C/1B DJ Petrinsky out for season after shoulder surgery

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The senior hadn’t been playing catcher this season after tearing his labrum, but wants to return in 2020.

DJ Petrinsky (right)
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Head coach David Pierce and the Texas Longhorns will be without another starter for the rest of the 2019 season after the school announced on Wednesday that senior catcher/first baseman DJ Petrinsky will undergo shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.

The school plans on applying for a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA in order for Petrinsky to return for the 2020 season.

A Magnolia product, Petrinsky spent two seasons at Hill College, where he hit 24 combined home runs and batted .390 as a freshman. After arriving at Texas last season, Petrinsky started 58 games, including seven at first base, hitting .257 with nine home runs.

Unfortunately, Petrinsky suffered through shoulder issues during preseason practice, forcing Pierce to play him at first base in 11 games before scheduling the surgery. Petrinsky was hitting .256 with two doubles and a triple.

Expect senior Tate Shaw and sophomore Sam Bertelson to take over at first base, while senior Michael McCann will remain behind the plate, backed up by freshman Caston Peter, who struggled on Tuesday. All three of the UTRGV runs were scored when wild pitches got away from him.

Petrinsky is now the second starter lost for the season — junior shortstop David Hamilton suffered a torn Achilles before the season while riding an electric scooter.