Bob Holt is a sports reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he sits on the board of directors for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 basketball poll. He has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year four times and has been inducted to the Arkansas Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
Bolton likely to play in SEC Tournament semifinals
Arkansas shortstop John Bolton (9) throws to first after fielding a ground ball, Friday, April 28, 2023, during the first inning of the Razorbacks’ 10-4 win over the Texas A&M Aggies at Baum-Walker Stadium in Fayetteville.
HOOVER, Ala. — Arkansas Coach Dave Horn said shortstop John Bolton likely will be back in the starting lineup Saturday after the senior transfer from Austin Peay missed the previous three games because of a sprained left ankle.
Bolton was injured against Vanderbilt last Friday when he collided with second baseman Peyton Holt while making a catch of a shallow fly ball in center field.
Bolton missed the regular-season finale at Vanderbilt and the first two games at the SEC Tournament when the Razorbacks beat Texas A&M and LSU.
During Arkansas’ light practice on Friday at Hoover High School, Bolton took ground balls. The Razorbacks are scheduled to play Saturday at noon against LSU or Texas A&M.
“He’s doing real good,” Van Horn said. “He’s probably game ready. He’s had a great week working out and the trainer [Corey Wood] working with him and the doctor [James Reeves] working with him. They just old he’s 98% on all the tests. So that means he can play.
“He really wants to play. The kid played at Austin Peay, he’s from Memphis. He grew up seeing this tournament, and he really wants to play in the SEC Tournament. So you’ll probably see him out there.”
Bolton, who plays primarily because of his defense, is batting .205 with 15 runs batted in and 20 runs scored in 46 games — all starts.
Over the last 10 games Bolton is 8 for 28 (.286) with 6 runs, 2 RBI and 6 walks with 3 sacrifice bunts.
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