Rehab first for Gatlin

A junior college player already has to compact the SEC experience into two seasons.

So when an injury forces you to miss multiple games at the beginning of your senior season – when you have a chance to break into the lineup as a starter for the first time – the medical redshirt question is something you consider.

It’s something John Gatlin is considering right now.

The Tupelo native, an all-state performer at ICC, hit .255 last year, his first at Ole Miss. He made 28 appearances and 13 starts mostly as the DH.

Alex Yarbrough’s departure left a help wanted sign at second base, and Gatlin appeared to be the leading candidate to earn the job.

Then a couple of weeks before the season he dislocated his shoulder during practice while diving into the hole to make a play.

Rehab is going well, but there has been discussion about a medical redshirt

“It has been discussed. I’ve talked to coach Bianco a little bit about it. We’ve basically decided that we’re not going to cross that bridge until we get there. I have time to decide. I need to get my rehab done regardless if that is the case or not. The first step in this whole process is the rehab. Right now we’re just doing the rehab, and we’ll make that decision in a few weeks,” Gatlin said.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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