Odds and ends from the preseason presser.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco announced that pitcher Drew Pomeranz, infielder Tim Ferguson and catcher Kyle Henson have all been suspended for the opening weekend.
All will be available next Tuesday for the home opener against Central Arkansas.
“All three have been suspended for breaking team rules. Punishment will be handled internally,” Bianco said.
He did not comment further.
Pomeranz and Ferguson were arrested on alcohol-related charges in the off-season.
Opening weekend rotation
The Rebels open play Friday at 1 p.m. in Mobile against Liberty in the University of South Alabama tournament.
They play Mercer Saturday at 2:30 and close on Sunday at 2:30 with the host Jaguars, a perennial NCAA tournament team.
The weekend pitching rotation will include junior college transfers Aaon Barrett and Chris Corrigan on Friday and Saturday and junior Phillip Irwin on Sunday.
Opening Day lineup
Here’s the opening day lineup: Catcher Brett Basham, first base Matt Smith, second base Zach Miller, shortstop Kevin Mort, third base Evan Button, left field Logan Power, center field Jordan Henry, right field Jeremy Travis.
The overall theme of the press conference was talent and depth, and coaches stressed that multiple lineups will be used in the pre-conference schedule to have the best nine ready to go for SECs, which begin March 13 at Vanderbilt.
The Bittle Button again
Scott Bittle has been proclaimed “100 percent” healthy, and he’ll be in the pen.
Bianco reserved the right to make Bittle a starter later on if he deems it necessary, but for now the All-American reliever will return to the role in which he was so dominant last year.
Bittle was drafted by the Yankees early in the second round. Negotiations stopped after club medical staff saw things they didn’t like in an MRI of Bittle’s shoulder.
“They saw what they saw, and I can’t do anything about that, but I’ve always been healthy,” Bittle said.
Bittle average almost two strikeouts per inning with a 7-1 mark and eight saves over 70 2-3 innings. He struck out 130 and walked 30.
He has been named to the Brooks Wallace Award watch list for the nation’s top player.
Junior college transfer David Phillips took a pitch on the helmet Sunday. It ricocheted off and hit his nose, resulting in a lot of blood, but there was no apparent damage beyond the immediate pain. Phillips is expected to DH this weekend.