South Carolina announced Monday that junior outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. will be out indefinitely with a tendon injury in his left wrist. An MRI on Monday confirmed the tendon injury, which was originally diagnosed in Starkville, Miss., after Bradley hurt his wrist diving for a ball in the fifth inning of Saturday's loss to Mississippi State.
Bradley, a first-team preseason All-American who projected to be drafted in the first round this June, was scheduled to meet with a hand specialist Monday to set a course of treatment.
A prolonged slump has dropped Bradley's season line to .259/.361/.468 with six homers and 26 RBIs, but he remains one of the nation's most exciting all-around players and has a reputation as the finest defensive outfielder in college baseball. He won't be easy to replace, and one of the primary candidates to fill in for him in center field is going through his own medical issues.
Sophomore outfielder Evan Marzilli will see a specialist on Tuesday morning for further evaluation of an undisclosed medical condition, which kept him out this past weekend. The South Carolina medical staff does not foresee any long-term effects from this condition, according to the school's release.
Freshman DeSean Anderson filled in for Bradley and had three hits Sunday, and Jake Williams returned this weekend from a five-game suspension, giving the Gamecocks other options.
"We've got guys that have played a lot already," South Carolina coach Ray Tanner said Sunday, according to GamecockCentral.com. "Jake and Marzilli and Robert Beary have been in the outfield a lot. DeSean hasn't played that much. (Steven) Neff could get some more time as well. We'll have to come up with a lineup that we think is best."
Elsewhere, Texas Christian lefthander Matt Purke remains sidelined indefinitely. Horned Frogs coach Jim Schlossnagle told the Fort Worth Star Telegram last week that Purke was dealing with shoulder soreness and would get examined by Dr. James Andrews, but Schlossnagle declined to elaborate on Purke's status this morning.
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