Shaddy likely out for Texas Tech series

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Monday, April 23, 2018
Dave Van Horn checks on Carson Shaddy (20) after he was hit in the hand by a pitch during a game with South Carolina in Fayetteville, April 14, 2018.
Photo by Andy Shupe
Dave Van Horn checks on Carson Shaddy (20) after he was hit in the hand by a pitch during a game with South Carolina in Fayetteville, April 14, 2018.

— Redshirt senior Carson Shaddy is unlikely to see his name in the lineup Tuesday or Wednesday as Arkansas opens a midweek series against No. 4 Texas Tech at Baum Stadium.

Shaddy was hit on the right hand by a pitch late in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader at Mississippi State and has been diagnosed with a right hand contusion. This injury comes just one week after Shaddy took a pitch off his left hand against South Carolina.

He was able to play through the pain last week against Missouri State, but Dave Van Horn will give Shaddy time off to heal his two swollen hands in hopes of the second baseman returning for this weekend's series against Alabama.

"I don't see playing him tomorrow or Wednesday," Van Horn said Monday. "But who's to say. It's not broken. It's more of a pain thing. It's pretty painful for him right now."

Shaddy added that athletic trainer Corey Wood has not let him "do anything with the bat." He was wearing a protective brace at Monday's media availability and gingerly fielding groundballs on the infield during the team's batting practice.

"I can't really use it that much," Shaddy said. "We'll just see. There's really no timetable. It's going to be how I feel. I think I showed I could play through the first one, but after I got hit, after the game (Saturday) and was trying to hold the bat, I couldn't even hold it."

Van Horn said Jack Kenley could see time at second base against the Red Raiders and could move Jared Gates to third as freshman Casey Martin is dealing with a hip flexor issue. Martin injured the hip diving for a ball in the first game on Saturday. Van Horn said he didn't find out until after the game.

With Arkansas potentially a couple of starters down, Van Horn has implored his bench players to make the most of their playing time this week.

"We've got to have guys come out and take advantage of time in the lineup and produce," he said.

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