Tennessee baseball player James Adkins underwent a successful surgical procedure on his left upper extremity Tuesday in St. Louis, Mo.
Adkins developed left upper extremity symptoms this fall and was referred to Dr. Robert Thompson of Washington University Medical Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital, who performed the surgery.
Adkins, a rising sophomore pitcher, is expected to begin rehabilitation in Knoxville later this week and anticipates a full recovery for the 2006 baseball season.
Last season, Adkins earned Freshman All-America acclaim and was named the MVP of the NCAA Knoxville Regional while helping Tennessee reach the College World Series. He posted a 10-5 record with a 3.32 ERA.
The left-hander was the No. 2 starting pitcher for the Vols for much of last season and is expected to be the top starter in 2006 after the departure of Luke Hochevar, a first-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers in June.