South Carolina junior center fielder Jackie Bradley will have surgery Friday to repair the damaged tendon in his left wrist.
USC officials confirmed Wednesday that surgery is set for Bradley, who suffered the injury trying to make a diving catch against Mississippi State over the weekend
USC coach Ray Tanner said after Tuesday’s win over Liberty that Bradley is not likely to play again this season because the healing process could take up to two months.
Bradley, the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series last season, has struggled recently after a hot start at the plate this season. Although he’s hitting .259 with six homers and 26 RBIs, he continued to provide strong defense and solid leadership for the No. 2 Gamecocks, who are attempting to return to Omaha to defend their national championship.
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If the surgery does end his USC career – Bradley is still expected to be a first-round pick in the Major League Baseball draft in June – then he finishes as one of the best players in school history. The Prince George, Va., native has hit .336 with 30 homers and 132 RBIs in his three seasons, and he is considered the best defensive outfielder in college baseball.
The Gamecocks could see the return in the near future, however, of sophomore outfielder Evan Marzilli, who is being monitored by physicians due to a rapid heartbeat. The USC staff isn’t expecting any negative long-term effects related to his medical condition. Marzilli, who is hitting .257 with two homers and 17 RBIs, hasn’t played since Saturday night at Mississippi State.
Tanner entertained the hope Tuesday that Marzilli would be healthy enough to be activated for the weekend series against Auburn at Carolina Stadium.