RHP Kevin Mooney (back) did not make the trip to Georgia after straining his back while warming up in the bullpen during Sunday’s 13-6 win over Arkansas. Mooney’s back has shown improvement but not enough to be available this weekend.
Freshman lefty Jack Piekos has made the trip in his stead and could make his Maryland debut this weekend.
However, Maryland gets two key pieces this weekend:
RHP Jared Price (elbow surgery) will return to the bullpen this weekend. The hard-throwing righty has 42 games of experience and will provide another late-inning option for the Terps. Price had elbow surgery in September to repair bone spurs and a damaged ligament.
1B Matt Oniffrey (shoulder) was in the middle of a crowded infield competition before dislocating his shoulder and tearing his labrum in late January. Oniffrey missed last season after breaking his wrist, meaning this weekend would be his Terps debut.