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Notebook: Whitson out, staff roles announced

Whitson won't pitch for a while

Florida announced on Wednesday that right-hander Karsten Whitson is out indefinitely with shoulder fatigue. The original plan was to sit him for the first two weeks of the season and make his first start against Miami, but the Gators will take a cautious approach and shut Whitson down for an undisclosed amount of time. The Gators will continue preparing for Friday's season opener without him.

"We knew it was a possibility he might not pitch the first two weekends," Florida head coach Kevin O'Sullivan said before Wednesday's practice. "We were prepared for this." The original plan will now be pushed longer without Karsten Whitson. The Gators will still use junior right-hander Jonathon Crawford as the Friday night starter, but instead of searching for a third starter as it looked like... Recommended Stories