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May 9, 2013

Sooners’ Overton cleared to return in time for Pokes

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NORMAN —

The difference was obvious after OU dropped two of three at West Virginia last weekend and fell into a tie with the Mountaineers and Kansas State atop the conference standings.

“Those two guys can set the whole series by themselves,” OU outfielder Max White said. “Getting Dillon back is definitely comforting. We know what the rotation is gonna be … Going to West Virginia without him was tough.”

For Overton, however, why risk returning to the mound this season with so much money at stake?

Overton said that never crossed his mind.

“I’ve never been the type of guy to just stop,” he said.” My team needs me and I need my team for the support to come back. I never thought about just hanging it up.

“I’ve been working out with my legs really hard these last two weeks. I’ve been to every rehab that (OU trainer Rob Fulton) has given me to try to get ready. I’ve also been praying a lot for God to put his hand on my arm and heal me as quick as it can. The good thing is I’ve healed up really well.”

OU coach Sunny Golloway said Wednesday he might shuffle the pitching rotation for the Bedlam series. Jake Fisher (1-2, 1.91 ERA) will likely start Friday against the Cowboys. Gray will go Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Overton is slated to pitch in Sunday’s series finale in Bricktown.

There might be some rust, but Golloway isn’t concerned about Overton’s ability to compete.

“My gut tells me with all his experience, and he’s thrown his bullpen and played long catch, his spirits are tremendous and feels really strong. I’m not concerned he won’t have his best stuff,” he said.

John Shinn

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