USC outfielder Jackie Bradley underwent successful surgery Friday on the injured tendon in his left wrist, according to USC officials.
The surgery was performed in Nashville by Doug Weikert, an orthopedic surgeon associated with the Vanderbilt School of Medicine.
Bradley is doing well after the surgery went as expected. He will be re-evaluated in several weeks to determine his status for the rest of the season.
USC coach Ray Tanner said Thursday that Bradley, his All-American center fielder, could make it back before the season ends, although it might be more as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner. Bradley’s ability to swing the bat will be the last part of his game to be ready.
Bradley has returned from medical issues ahead of timetables in both his freshman and sophomore seasons and told Tanner that he planned to do so again. Tanner also stated Thursday that he wouldn’t bring Bradley back too quickly if it meant jeopardizing his star player’s health or professional future.
The injury, which occurred last Saturday in a road game against Mississippi State, may end a storybook career at USC for Bradley, the MVP in College World Series last summer, when he led the program to its first national championship. Even though Bradley has struggled at the plate this season, with a .259 average, six homers and 26 RBIs, he continued to provide stellar defense and solid leadership for the nation’s second-ranked team, one that could be headed back to Omaha.
Tanner doesn’t expect Bradley to return for his senior season. The Prince George, Va., native, who has hit .336 with 30 homers and 132 RBIs in his three seasons, is projected to be a first-round selection in the Major League Baseball draft in June.
Besides an outstanding career for South Carolina, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Bradley has played well in the Cape Cod League, the top summer collegiate wood-bat circuit, and for Team USA over the previous two summers. Tanner believes the injury will not affect Bradley’s draft status negatively.