Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Wise injured hand at Missouri
Arkansas catcher Jake Wise throws to first after fielding a bunt against Appalachian State Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas catcher Jake Wise injured his throwing hand during a game last Saturday at Missouri.
Razorbacks coach Dave Van Horn confirmed the injury Monday following the team's practice in Hoover, Ala., but didn't specify on the extent of the injury. Wise was limited in practice Monday and Van Horn said freshman Alex Gosser will probably start behind the plate in Tuesday's single-elimination game against Texas A&M.
Van Horn didn't rule out Wise playing this week and said he was on the 25-man roster for the tournament.
Wise left after a fourth inning in which five wild pitches got past him in Saturday's 11-inning win. He was replaced by Gosser, who caught the final seven innings and also had two hits in only his second game of the year.
Wise is considered one of the best defensive catchers in the SEC, having thrown out 20 of 45 base runners this season. The senior has struggled at the plate, however, finishing the regular season with a .155 batting average.
It's the second injury suffered this season for Wise, who missed two games and most of another earlier this month with a concussion. He also underwent Tommy John surgery and hernia surgery in the off-season.
Gosser is Arkansas' third-string catcher and burned his redshirt two weeks ago in the series opener against Texas A&M. Backup catcher Blake Baxendale has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury and is doubtful to play at the tournament.
Bob Holt contributed to this story