Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star Telegram tweeted Monday that Luken Baker underwent surgery and is officially done for the season.
Luken Baker is at the watch party with in a sling and cast. Had surgery. Done for the season.— Carlos A. Mendez (@calexmendez) May 29, 2017
Baker suffered the injury in the second to last regular season series for TCU, in a collision at first base.
TCU fans held out hope that the star slugger may be able to come back by the super regional, or maybe Omaha, but now that he’s had surgery those hopes are gone.
Baker hit .317 on the season before going down, with 8 home runs and 41 RBI. His home run and RBI numbers were down this year from last season, but Baker still presented a massive threat in the middle of the lineup, and his loss is a big one.
As TCU heads to the NCAA playoffs as the No. 6 National Seed, they’ll obviously miss their star hitter. Of course, the Wanhanen/Landestoy duo is perfectly capable as well, and as long as Evan Skoug keeps doing what he’s done all season things are looking up for TCU.