September 26, 2003
Shortstop/righthander Chris Nelson, one of the top prospects in next year's draft class, underwent Tommy John surgery Sept. 25 and is expected to miss the entire 2004 season.
Nelson, from Redan High in Stone Mountain, Ga., was named the MVP of the inaugural AFLAC All-America Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., in August. He had a pair of hits, including a home run. Because of soreness in his right arm, Nelson played second base in the game and sat out infield drills during the event. While playing with the East Cobb (Ga.) Yankees this summer, he missed the final two games as the Yankees won the Connie Mack World Series.
Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham performed the surgery. While Nelson will rehab his arm over the next nine months, Redan athletic director Greg Goodwin speculated he could be used as a DH.