Baseball Notes: Brownlee Hurt; Routt Update

MSU outfielder Brent Brownlee</strong> has a cringe-worthy injury history, mostly involving his shoulder, and he got banged up Sunday in the Bulldogs’ 9-8 win over Vanderbilt. On a sac bunt in the second inning, Brownlee landed on first base wrong and tweaked his right foot. He left the game in the bottom half of the inning.

Coach John Cohen said Brownlee will have X-rays done today, and they should know more by Tuesday.

“We need him back, because he’s a real athlete in the outfield for us,” Cohen said.

Brownlee is batting .283 this season. Defensively, he’s made no errors and has three assists.

• Left-handed pitcher Nick Routt, who made his 2011 debut last Wednesday against Lipscomb, will resume his road to full recovery Tuesday. He’s slated to toss a simulated intrasquad game and throw 25-30 pitches.

Cohen said Routt is a candidate to start Sunday’s game against Auburn. He started against Lipscomb, throwing 47 pitches over 3.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits.

Several other pitchers are candidates for that Sunday slot, but Cohen said freshman C.T. Bradford probably won’t be in the mix. He gave up four runs on four hits in just an inning of work as the starter yesterday.

“He’s just going to be better suited to be a one- or two-inning guy at the end of the game,” Cohen said.

I’ll have more on the Bulldogs in Tuesday’s Daily Journal.