South Carolina’s muddled outfield situation didn’t get any clearer Sunday.
Right fielder Adam Matthews, who re-injured his hamstring in Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt, was not in the lineup Sunday. And he may not return.
“I hate to be pessimistic, but it’s unlikely he’ll play (this season),” USC coach Ray Tanner said. “It’s probably going to be three or four weeks, and if you look at the calendar, that’s the last week. We’ve got about a month left in the regular season. I’m not encouraged by that.”
Tanner hopes the junior, who’s hitting .279 with two homers and 14 RBIs, can perhaps return at some point in a limited role. Matthews had been easing his way back into the lineup after first injuring the hamstring against Florida three weeks ago.
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“Now he could maybe come back and get some pinch-hit opportunities or maybe even DH with some controlled running. But it’s not encouraging,” Tanner said. “It’s a pretty severe hamstring (injury). He was in pain just sitting in the training room this (Sunday) morning. It’s going to take a while.”
Junior Jake Williams, the left fielder and designated hitter, remains suspended for now. His indefinite suspension was announced before last week’s loss to The Citadel in Charleston. The suspension came on the heels of Williams being cited the previous weekend by Cayce police for providing alcohol to two underage people.
The Greer native and Wofford transfer is hitting .286 with two homers and 18 RBIs. Tanner couldn’t answer a question about Williams’ status.
“I don’t know where that is,” he said. “I thought it might have been resolved (Friday). It did not get resolved. So that’s where it is as far as I’m concerned. I don’t know any more.”