USC lefthander Nolan Belcher injured his pitching elbow in a scrimmage Sunday according to Gamecock baseball sports information director Andrew Kittick.
It is feared Belcher tore a ligament in the elbow. USC assoaciate head coach Chad Holbrook posted on Twitter that Belcher will miss the entire 2011 season. Holbrook tweeted Belcher is expected back in time for the start of the 2012 season.
Belcher had a strong fall season and was considered a candidate for a spot in the starting rotation.
Last season Belcher was 3-1 with a 2.43 ERA. He struck out 32 batters in 29 2/3 innings of work.