The Clemson baseball team has lost starting third baseman Shane Kennedy to a torn ACL and the Tigers are hopeful he’ll be able to return at some point during the 2014 season. The injury was first reported by Kendall Rogers of PerfectGame.com and was confirmed Tuesday night by the Clemson athletic communications department.
The Tigers have precedent for a quick return from a torn ACL. Football players Chad Kelly and Sam Cooper suffered the injury in April in the spring game and were able to return to game action in about five months. The Tigers open their season in mid February or about 4 1/2 months from now.
Kennedy was the Tigers’ leading hitter last season with a .317 average in 62 games. He hit 5 home runs with 37 RBI and led the team with 22 stolen bases.
Jay Baum or perhaps a freshman will be in line to replace Kennedy. Baum hit .228 last season with 8 RBI and 10 steals.
The Tigers will wrap up fall practice this weekend with the Orange & White World Series.