By Will Kimmey
February 4, 2005
Preseason first-team All-America shortstop Tyler Greene likely will miss the first two weeks of Georgia Tech’s season with a broken jaw. He sustained the injury in an off-field incident during Christmas break and is expected to return to action against Rutgers on Feb. 25.
“It’s unfortunate for him and certainly unfortunate for us,” coach Danny Hall told BeesBall.com. “He’s able to do a few things but he’s not ready yet to go through a full practice. Once that gets healed right, he’ll be able to get back to playing.”
The break wasn’t serious enough for doctors to completely wire Greene’s jaw shut, so there’s no worry that he will lose weight from not being able to eat.
Greene, a 6-foot-2, 188-pound junior, batted .273-7-52 with 16 steals in 2004 for the Yellow Jackets and was named the top position prospect in the Cape Cod League after a .296-1-13 summer. He rates as the No. 4 college prospect for the draft.
Freshman Michael Fisher is the likely candidate to replace Greene at shortstop for games against Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Iona. Junior Mike Trapani is also a candidate, but Hall indicated it might be easier to not move the team’s projected second baseman to shortstop and then back to second when Greene returns.
No. 19 Georgia Tech opens its season Feb. 11 against Georgia State.