As announced yesterday by Oregon State head coach Pat Casey, junior third baseman Stefen Romero will miss the remainder of the season with a right forearm injury he sustained last weekend during the Beavers' series with Arizona State in Tempe.
The hairline fracture was caused when Romero dove back to first base on a pickoff attempt.
Romero's season ended with three games left in the regular season, but it comes at a time when the Beavers are doing all the can to extend their season at least one more week.
Romero started 48 games for the Beavers this season, batting .326 in 184 at-bats. His team-high 13 home runs puts him in a tie for fourth on the Oregon State all-time list, and eight behind the 21 homers hit by jim Wilson in 1982.
Romero played through the injury in Wednesday's Civil War at PGE Park, driving in the eventual game-winning run in the fifth inning. He also made a stellar defensive play on a ball hit by Curtis Raulinatis, but may have aggravated the injury and was removed from the game.
Stefen was in a sling in the dugout on Friday night for the Beavers' opener with Arizona State, yet his offensive presence wasn't desperately missed. His close friend and teammate Adalberto Santos hit his ninth and tenth home runs of the season, driving in four of Oregon State's six runs to single handedly outpace the Wildcats.
Romero, a junior, will be eligible to declare for the MLB draft at the end of this season.
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