USC dispatched Ball State with relative ease Wednesday, but once again injuries were a hot topic in the postgame discussion. Chad Holbrook’s roster is starting read like a Red Cross poster.
Center fielder Tanner English injured his shoulder during the game and was pulled in the third inning last night. The trainers are in the process of evaluating the severity of the injury to see if he will need time off or will be able to play through it.
“Tanner tweaked his shoulder, Holbrok said. “A little bit of a concern, the shoulder has been bothering him. It’s been sore. He tweaked it, you know, if he tore anything in there outfielders can usually play with those types of things which is usually the good thing. We will just have to send Joey Pankake out there to get the ball from him and let him throw it instead of Tanner… but it’s a concern.”
English is already playing with a broken nose. He suffered that injury in the season opening series against Liberty and opted against surgery to avoid missing time. Meanwhile, Pankake, who may have enhance his cutoff man skills if English plays through the shoulder injury, has been dealing with a sore hip the past couple of weeks.
Outfielder Connor Bright is also dinged up. He fouled a ball of his foot against Clemson. He tried to play through it in Tuesday night’s win over Ball State, but was held out of last night’s game because it was too sore to play.
Earlier this week Holbrook announced that ace lefty Jordan Montgomery will miss at least the next two weeks with an arm injury.
The sixth ranked Gamecocks (10-2) open a three game series with Rider Friday night at Carolina Stadium.