Alex Meyer Out 3-4 Weeks With Mononucleosis

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky standout sophomore right-handed pitcher Alex Meyer has been diagnosed with mononucleosis and will be out for an estimated three to four weeks, it was announced by UK head coach Gary Henderson Wednesday morning.

“I feel really bad for Alex,” Henderson said. “He has really been making some good strides and is obviously getting better daily. This will only be a temporary setback for him. What this will do is provide an opportunity for some of our guys to step up and fill a vital role on our club.”

A 6-foot-9, 220-pounder, Meyer leads the team with 52 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched, functioning as UK’s Sunday starter throughout the season. A native of Greensburg, Ind., Meyer (4-2, 7.30 ERA) has made eight starts and appeared in nine games for UK in 2010. Over his two-year career, Meyer has struck out 132 in 100.1 innings, allowing 99 hits.

No. 30 Kentucky (21-12, 4-8 Southeastern Conference) will return to action Friday, hosting No. 7 Florida in a three-game series at Cliff Hagan Stadium. First pitch on Friday and Saturday is slated for 7 p.m. ET, with first-pitch Sunday scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.