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Brison Celek poised to return to Gamecocks

USC's Brison Celek
USC's Brison Celek jblake@thestate.com

South Carolina designated hitter Brison Celek looks like he will be back on campus this fall after all.

The Charleston native was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 31st round of the MLB draft while playing with the Gamecocks during the NCAA Super Regional in Chapel Hill. He originally planned to sign and forego his final season as a fifth-year senior.

But those plans changed after he arrived in Dunedin, Fla., the spring training home of the Blue Jays. An issue with his physical caused Toronto to pull back its offer.

Although it’s not totally certain that he will return to USC, that scenario appears the most likely at this point.

Celek played sparingly in his first three years at USC – which included a redshirt season in 2011 – before he worked his way into the lineup this season as the team’s primary designated hitter from early April to the end of the regular season. He only batted once in the NCAA tournament before finishing with a .307 average, one homer and 18 RBIs in 88 at-bats.

He would likely return as an option in the DH role for the 2014 season.

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