Posted: 9:49 am Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Baseball: Palm Beach Central ace Bobby Poyner shut down for season 

By Matt Porter

Bobby Poyner helped pitch No. 4 Palm Beach Central through a tough District 9-6A schedule, but he won’t be available to help them come tournament time.

Poyner, the Broncos’ left-handed ace, top hitter and a University of Florida signee, will not play again this season after an MRI revealed a small tear in the labrum of his throwing shoulder.

The senior will have surgery “as soon as possible” and faces five to seven months’ recovery time, Palm Beach Central coach Scott Benedict said.

“He was really disappointed, especially at first,” Benedict said. “But we’re all glad to know, especially given the success rate of the surgery. Luckily it’s not a bad tear.”

Poyner first reported feeling discomfort after Friday’s 4-1 loss to Santaluces, in which he threw five no-hit innings but took his first loss of the season after allowing five straight baserunners in the sixth.

Poyner, a first-team All-Area selection last year, finishes this season with a 6-1 record, 1.91 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 40.1 innings. He also hit .404. Last season, he went 9-3, 1.86 with 72 strikeouts in 64 innings.

“He’s had a great career. He’s one of the best high school pitchers I’ve ever seen,” Benedict said. “We’re disappointed, but we’re very optimistic about the future.”