Mississippi State's baseball team is losing three players who are planning to transfer. MSU coach Ron Polk said pitchers Matt Lea and Jared Holloway along with infielder Michael Rutledge aren't returning to Starkville next season.
Polk said Lea, who seemed a logical candidate to compete for a spot in next year's pitching rotation, had a labrum tear and rehab hasn't been what he would've liked. Lea also wanted to be a hitter, and Polk said that didn't seem likely given the bats MSU has coming back. Polk said he hasn't decided where to transfer.
Infielder Michael Rutledge, who has already earned his diploma, will transfer to Samford. Rutledge sought a greater role on the team.
Holloway, a reserve who had injury issues of his own, had made his intentions to transfer known earlier this summer.