Grizzlies’ Harter aggravates injury

Cheyenne Grizzlies’ relief pitcher Kyle Harter left Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Casper Cutthroats after aggravating a right Achilles’ tendon injury.

Harter, who will be a senior this fall, was in a walking boot after Sunday’s. He tore his Achilles while pitching at William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., last fall. He had been cruising prior to tweaking his injury Sunday. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up a walk and single to the first two hitters he faced in the sixth inning, but then struck out the next four.

Harter has a 2.57 earned-run average and 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work this summer.

Cheyenne’s pitching staff is already thin after lefty Casey O’Donnell suffered an injury that ended his run in the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League. So Harter’s injury is cause for concern, first-year Cheyenne manager Jared Franklin said.

“If we lose (Harter) for any significant amount of time, it’s going to hurt,” Franklin said. “He’s one of our top pitchers and we’re already hurting with O’Donnell going home and a couple of other guys with sore arms. If he misses much time it’s going to hurt us.”

Cheyenne has been trying to add pitching and has until mid-July to continue to do so.

“The later it gets, the harder it gets to find someone new,” Franklin said.

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