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Cal righthander Alex Schick will miss time with a knee injury (Shotgun Spratling)

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Knee Injury Sidelines Cal’s Schick

California junior righthander Alex Schick, the No. 164 prospect for the 2016 draft according to D1Baseball’s Preseason College 300, will miss at least three months with a knee injury.

In a freak incident, Schick’s knee cap slipped out while playing catch, according to the Golden Bears’ coaching staff. He had surgery to repair the tendon that keeps the knee cap in place, and the possibility of his return is up in the air. Schick is expected to be cleared medically by the end of March if his rehabilitation goes as hoped, giving him a chance to help the Bears down the stretch.

Schick was expected to be a key bullpen piece for the ninth-ranked Golden Bears. He made 26 appearances last year (24 in relief), logging a 4.21 ERA in 36.1 innings. While working as a starter in the Cape Cod League last summer, the 6-foot-7, 210-pound righty worked downhill with an 89-92 mph fastball and a hard 79-82 curve that rated as above-average, but his velocity plays up further coming out of the bullpen, bumping the mid-90s.

With Schick out, expect freshman righthander Tanner Dodson to serve as Cal’s closer for at least the first half of the season. A blue-chip recruit as a two-way talent, Dodson’s fastball sits in the low-90s and can touch 94-95, and his secondary stuff is improving quickly.

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