Senior shortstop Jonathan Ogden hasn’t practiced much this week and could miss this weekend’s series with Alabama, which starts at 2 p.m. Saturday with a doubleheader at Dudy Noble Field. Ogden has a pulled abdominal muscle and received a cortisone shot on Monday.
“He’s in pain. He’s a really, really tough kid,” coach John Cohen said on a teleconference this morning. “He’s just such a tough kid mentally, that it’s really hard as a coach to decipher whether he can do it or not.”
Ogden did not practice Tuesday or Wednesday and did only light work Thursday. He will be closer to full speed at today’s practice. Cohen said the injury has hindered Ogden in the field – he’s made a team-high 16 errors.
“It kills him not to be able to go full speed in practice,” Cohen said. “It really hurts him. He had had problems with this earlier in the season, and we thought it had diminished, but apparently it’s come back.”
Possible replacements for this weekend include Adam Frazier, Sam Frost and Nick Vickerson. Not among the candidates is freshman Demarcus Henderson, who Cohen is looking to redshirt due to “enormous troubles” with his vision. He’ll likely have LASIK surgery in the offseason.
“The reason he’s having problems with his contact lenses is because of the shape of, the curvature of his eye,” Cohen said. “From what I’m understanding, the LASIK can change that for him.”
Other injury updates:
• Cohen said he feels “pretty comfortable” that senior third baseman Jarrod Parks, the SEC’s leading hitter, will be available this weekend. Parks took an epidural injection on Tuesday to treat a bulging disc.
• Freshman outfielder/pitcher C.T. Bradford could return to pitching duties. He was able to play the field but was kept off the mound last weekend because of a hamstring injury suffered on April 19.
“I think the pitching part of it is a possibility,” said Cohen. “It’s usually a game-time type thing. It’s usually, let’s rev that arm up a little bit and tell us how you feel before we put you in there.”