Another Southeastern Conference team has been hit with a significant injury, as Georgia announced today that its starting shortstop, freshman Kyle Farmer, will be out three to six weeks with a hamate fracture in his left wrist, suffered in Friday's win against Stetson. He is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday.
Farmer started Georgia's first six games at short and ranks second on the team in batting (.458) and slugging (.667). After he was injured, the Bulldogs moved third baseman Colby may to short, and they plan to use freshman infielder Kevin Ruiz or sophomore catcher Christian Glisson at third base.
Meanwhile, starting second baseman Levi Hyams will be sidelined for at least another week with a stress fracture in his back. Freshman Todd Hankins has filled in admirably at second.
"You'd rather it now than April or May, obviously, but it's been tough, there's no doubt," Georgia coach David Perno said this afternoon. "We've had to play the first eight games without Levi. We've got to play this week (against Florida State) without him, then hopefully he can start working back in there. The positive of it is Todd has played well for us and has been a sparkplug, so i'm proud of him. Colby filled in this weekend and did a nice job at short. We're shorthanded at third—Ruiz is an outfielder by trade, and Glisson, when he's not catching, is having to play third. We're realizing that we do have some depth with this club."
We'll have more on Georgia's series against Florida State in Thursday's Weekend Preview.