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Vitello Updates Status Of Pair Of Injured Tennessee Pitchers

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Tennessee baseball’s pitching has been dominant early on this season, allowing just 13 runs in the first 10 games of the season. The Vols have had tremendous success on the mound despite two of their top bullpen arms not having thrown yet this season due to arm soreness.

Super senior Camden Sewell’s role is certain after being one of the Vols’ best relief pitchers in all four of his seasons in Knoxville. The right-handed pitcher has never had a ERA higher than three and posted a 2.52 ERA in 50 innings last season.

The Cleveland, Tennessee native is close to returning to the mound according to Vols’ head coach Tony Vitello

“To a point to where it’s almost getting silly, the back-and-forth between me and Camden. Much sooner than later for him,” Vitello said. “We’ve officially reached the point where he could throw this weekend if we want him to and we’ll just talk as coaches and kind of just figure it out.”

While Sewell’s role will certainly be large, there’s plenty of variance in what sophomore left-hander Wyatt Evans role could be this season. Evans posted a 2.25 ERA in 19 innings as a freshman and was impressive in fall practice.

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However, Evans is farther off from returning than Sewell is.

“Wyatt has finally got in a deal where it’s no longer two steps forward, one step back,” Vitello said. “It was official timeout just to be honest with y’all and then okay, let’s ramp it up and get that progression. So, a little bit more steady is the race for him.”

There’s no shortage of competition in Tennessee’s bullpen as numerous players compete for weekend innings behind the Vols’ stellar starting staff. That is especially true with left-handed arms where Kirby Connell is the only reliever with a definitive role.

“It’s a good problem to have some depth,” Vitello said. “We’re searching for ways to get guys out there to the point to the point to where you all are probably cussing me because I go out there to make a change in a weird way, but it’s to try and get guys involved. Again, no stone left unturned going into conference play.”

Tennessee (8-2) returns to the field Friday night for game one of a weekend set with Gonzaga. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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