USC's Webb out at least another week, Holmes gets new role

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - University of South Carolina closer Tyler Webb will remain out of action for at least another week as he deals with tenderness in his pitching arm.

South Carolina head coach Chad Holbrook made the announcement Monday. He also revealed that an MRI done on Webb's arm did not show any major damage.

It appears the pain Webb is feeling in his elbow is tied to muscle inflammation in that area.

Webb did not pitch this past weekend against Florida and will not be available for this week's series against Kentucky. Holbrook said Webb could also miss an upcoming series at LSU as well.

Webb has a team-high 11 saves with a 0.75 ERA.

With the closer out of the lineup for the immediate future, Holbrook is set to move senior Colby Holmes into the bullpen to take over Webb's role. Holmes is 4-2 on the season with 31 strikeouts in 40 innings of work, but scuffled a bit as part of the weekend rotation, and achieved moderate success as a mid-week starter.

Holbrook is optimistic about sliding Holmes into a new role.

"I think that will give him a new lease on life, so to speak, and let him kind of turn the ball loose instead of him trying to pace himself and try to be too fine. I think that may have been a little bit of his problem as a starter," said Holbrook. "So, we're going to put him in the 8th and 9th inning and see if he can let it go a little more. He's an older guy and he should be able to handle that."

It's very likely lefthander Adam Westmoreland will also join Holmes in late relief. The senior from Cayce is a 4-1 on the season with an impressive 1.82 ERA.

Freshman Jack Wynkoop will slide into the Sunday starter's role in the weekend pitching rotation. Nolan Belcher will remain in the Friday night starter's role and Jordan Montgomery will be the Saturday starter.