Sophomore left-hander Tyler Hankins out with back injury

Central Michigan left-handed starting pitcher Tyler Hankins will be sidelined for a "few weeks" with a back injury. 

"I don't know yet about the rest of the season but for a few weeks," Hankins said. "It depends how my rehab goes." 

A bulging disc injury normally takes about six weeks for recovery. However, it is possible Hankins gets back on the field earlier depending on the severity of his injury. 

This season, Hankins is 2-5 with a 4.60 ERA. He has made 12 starts and tossed 58.2 innings of work on the mound. 

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound lefty has allowed 30 earned runs on 73 hits and 12 walks. Hankins has struck out 46 hitters. 

In the 2017 season, Hankins led the team with a 6-1 record, 3.83 ERA and 91.2 innings pitched. He was second on the team in. strikeouts with 51. 

Due to his stellar performance in 2017, Hankins was named CMU's Male Athlete of the Year winner. 

Hankins most recent outing was on April 29 against Bowling Green. He was removed from action after the first inning, which he allowed just one hit.