We didn’t see Tanner Mathis at Ole Miss practice Wednesday, because he had a 2 p.m., final. Turns out when Mathis did arrive he was on crutches.
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco doesn’t know if a lingering knee issue is something that will keep the Rebels’ leadoff hitter out of this weekend’s series against rival Mississippi State.
“We hope not. At this point it’s kind of wait and see. He’s had some problems with the knee. Last weekend it was swollen and gave him lots of problems. He’s able to swing, but obviously it hampers him when he runs, and it limits his ability to cover ground out there like he’s able to. It seemed like it was getting better Monday. It got worse on Tuesday, and we found out there was an infection in there. Now it seems it’s not as bad as we thought. We’re hopeful he’ll be OK for the weekend.”
Mathis was 4-for-13 with a walk and a run scored at Auburn.
A senior from Lake Charles, La., Mathis turned down a pro baseball opportunity with the Houston Astros organization to return for his senior year. A .345 hitter through his first three seasons, he hit well under that for much of this season but has hit better of late, and his average has risen to .250.