College baseball is dealing with another scary neck injury. Two weeks after Arizona State's Cory Hahn was hurt in a collision at second base, Georgia outfielders Johnathan Taylor and Zach Cone collided head-on while trying to catch a line drive against Florida State. Cone was able to stand with help from trainers, but Taylor never moved and had to be taken by stretcher and ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Bulldogs coach David Perno declined to give specifics on Taylor's injury, but he did tell Baseball America that the junior cannot feel his legs. He will have surgery mid-morning Monday, Perno said, and will go to the Shepherd Center for spinal cord injury rehabilitation later in the week.
“We’ll know more about J.T. (Johnathan Taylor) in the next 24 to 48 hours, and Zach is going to be okay,” Perno said after the game, per the AJC. “J.T. is a very special kid, and he’s very tough. You don’t see collisions on line drives, sometimes on pop-ups, but they both were going full-speed and they both could’ve made the catch. It was great effort.”
"I'm just worried about that young man," FSU coach Mike Martin said after the game. "That's just heart-breaking. I've seen two people run together before . . . but that one was just a nightmare."
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