In all likelihood, an injury has ended the season for Iowa baseball player Tyson Blaser.
The Hawkeyes' starting catcher, a former Rockridge prep and the 2006 Quad-City Times male athlete of the year, underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. The junior suffered the injury during a mid-March game at Louisville.
He has played since, including during a weekend series with Michigan, but opted to undergo surgery this week that will require the thumb to be immobilized for an extended period of time. Blaser likely would be eligible for a redshirt year because the injury occurred early in the season.
The injury is the latest in a string of setbacks for Blaser, who spent the offseason working through rehabilitation after undergoing knee surgery last summer.
Blaser, one of the captains on Iowa's 10-12 team, was hitting .281 through 13 games after finishing his sophomore year with a .323 batting average.
His absence, as well as injury issues that have limited the playing time of backup catcher Kody McManis, have provided an opportunity for freshman Dallas Burke. The former Davenport Central catcher has made seven starts for the Hawkeyes and is hitting .261.