The University of Hawai’i baseball team will open their 2016 season without two projected starters in the lineup this weekend at U.H. Hilo.
Alex Fitchett, a 6’4″ 225 lb. junior outfielder dislocated his shoulder Monday night diving for a ball in practice, and is expected to be out for at least a few weeks.
J.J. Kitaoka, a redshirt sophomore third baseman has left the team and retired from baseball.
Both players were expected to get playing time in a Rainbow Warrior lineup that returns seven starters overall.
Fitchett, a junior college transfer from Cosumnes River, showed his plus athleticism during last week’s alumni game by hitting a three-run home run and stealing a base. Head coach Mike Trapasso considers Fitchett the fastest player on the team.
Kitaoka hit .200 in 33 starts for the ‘Bows as a redshirt freshman in 2015. He is retiring from the sport for personal reasons.
Hawai’i will open the college baseball season Saturday against the Vulcans at 6:00 pm at Francis Wong Stadium.