Two to transfer from Razorbacks


FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas infielder Isaac Hellbusch and catcher Jean Ramirez have decided to transfer, Arkansas baseball coach Dave Van Horn announced Tuesday.

It is not know where Hellbusch will play next season, but Ramirez is set to play at Grayson Community College in Texas. Ramirez has three seasons of eligibility remaining.

“Good kid, but he wants to play every day, and I don’t blame him,” Van Horn said of Ramirez. “This is his third year, and we redshirted him the first year. I think it’s good for him and his family.”

Ramirez was a reserve catcher behind Jake Wise last season and Hellbusch served as the “emergency catcher.” Had Ramirez not transferred, he would have likely sat most of next season behind Wise, who was not drafted after undergoing Tommy John surgery at the conclusion of last season.

“He’s doing good,” Van Horn said of Wise’s recovery. “As a matter fact, he’s helping work a camp. He said he’s a little bit ahead of schedule, so far. He spent last week in Houston with his family, and he’s back.

“When that happens to you in your draft year, you’re really disappointed and upset. I think he’s over the hump now. I think he realizes, hey, this is going to be my story, and he’s going to have to go through his senior year, and him recovering. I hope that he has a great senior year.

“He’ll have to lead early with just maybe verbally more, helping guys through the fall as he rehabs and helping us get better. Then maybe he’ll be the guy that picks us up throughout the year.

“I told him (about) this fall, I’ll play you at first base, you don’t have to throw. We’ll stick you on the field if they said it’s OK. Whenever he can start swinging the bat, we’ll let him. I don’t know if he’s going to be to that point, though. But once he is, we’ll go full blast with him.”

The Razorbacks also return former Rogers Heritage catcher Blake Baxendale, who underwent Tommy John surgery prior to last season and received a medical redshirt.

“He’s coming along,” Van Horn said of Baxendale. “He’s throwing pretty good. He’s not 100 percent, but I think you give him another two months, by fall ball, he’ll be just about there.”