UConn baseball player Reggie Crawford injures his left arm
Reggie Crawford, UConn’s star pitcher and first baseman and one of the best prospects in all varsity baseball, will likely miss the entire 2022 season after sustaining a left elbow injury last weekend. Crawford will likely need Tommy John surgery, which typically takes between 12 and 18 years to rehabilitate.
At present, Crawford has not had surgery and is still consulting with doctors on next steps according to the Dom Amore of Hartford Courant. Kendall Rogers of D1 Baseball first announced the news on Friday night.
According to Amore, Crawford injured his elbow during the Huskies’ last fall scrum at Elliot Ballpark last week, hearing a snap in his elbow after throwing a pitch and eventually exiting the game.
SCOOP: Overwhelming news for @UConnBSB, as a star LHP / 1B and our collegiate prospect # 4 for 2022 #MLBDraft, Reggie Crawford, recently suffered what is believed to be a season-ending arm injury. Tommy John is expected. Horrible news for Reggie and #UConn. Such a special talent.
– Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) 23 October 2021
Crawford had increased his workload on the mound this fall after making waves in the Cape Cod League and USA Baseball Collegiate team last summer, consistently hitting 100 mph and establishing himself as one of the best hopes of pitching in college baseball. Crawford played primarily first base at UConn, but pitched eight innings and recorded 17 strikeouts with the Huskies last spring.
In addition to being one of college baseball’s elite pitching prospects, Crawford has been featured as the Huskies’ leading hitter this season after hitting .309 with 14 home runs last season. While Crawford could serve only as a DH as he recovers from a probably inevitable intervention by Tommy John, Penders told Amore that Crawford will likely be kicked out of this season entirely to prepare for the MLB Draft.
“I’m sure he has that desire, but it’s my job to protect him,” Penders said. “I can’t imagine a scenario where we could entertain this.”
With Crawford out, the Huskies will likely lose a great pitcher and their best power bat for the 2022 season. While UConn should still be able to claim the Big East Conference title this spring, Crawford’s loss will make another NCAA tournament. more difficult.