USC Ray Tanner said today there is a chance Jackie Bradley Jr. could return at some point this season, although what role he will play remains to be seen. It is still far from a given that Bradley will return at all.
“I think there is a chance,” Tanner said. “Although it might not be in a role that we would be excited about necessarily. I think that he could be available possibly to play defense towards the end, maybe even run bases. Will he be 100 percent swinging the bat? That remains to be seen.”
Bradley Jr. is slated to have surgery on his injured left wrist tomorrow. He suffered the injury diving for a ball against Mississippi Sate this past Saturday. Earlier this week Tanner said he did not expect Bradley to return this season. Today, he’s a little more optimistic.
“The chances of him coming back maybe are slightly better than they were before, but that’s not saying he will be back. He just could be back in a different role.”
Bottom line: it is still doubtful Bradley will be able to return to the lineup. He won’t be able to swing a bat for quite some time. He may, however, be able to enter the game in the latter innings as a defensive replacement late in the season.
Gamecock fans would savor any chance to see last year’s College World Series MVP back in a Carolina uniform again.