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Gaviglio gives his shoulder a rest

Oregon State pitcher Sam Gaviglio, a former all-state player from Ashland, will take the rest of the summer off to rest a sore throwing shoulder.

The decision came after the right-hander put together solid starts as a member of the Corvallis Knights, a summer wood-bat baseball team that competes in the West Coast League.

Gaviglio, who is coming off an accomplished freshman campaign at Oregon State during which he surprisingly emerged as one of the best on the staff, is confident he'll be ready to pitch again when the Beavers reconvene in early September.

"My shoulder is kind of hurting a little bit, but I'm just going to relax now," said Gaviglio, who was 10-1 with a 2.73 ERA as a true freshman at OSU. "I was just feeling a little discomfort, nothing too bad. I've talked to my Oregon State trainer, and I've been working with another trainer and he said to shut it down."

The time off from the mound will not limit Gaviglio in the weight room, however. The 2008 Class 5A pitcher of the year plans to continue his strength and conditioning program throughout the summer in Corvallis, where he'll also be taking two classes.

"I'm sure I'll be fine by fall ball, and that's what I want to be healthy for," he said.

For the Knights, in 13 innings, including one start, he struck out 12, walked one and did not allow a run.

In his last appearance, June 19 against the Bellingham Belles, Gaviglio struck out seven and walked one in six innings of shutout ball.

Gaviglio led the Ashland Grizzlies to their first and only state championship in 2008, earning a complete-game victory over Thurston in the final.

Joe Zavala is sports editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings. Reach him at 482-3456, ext. 224, or joe.zavala@dailytidings.com