Tide Players Ailing

The Alabama baseball team two key players either ailing or out of the must-win contest.

Brandon Belcher left the game at Auburn last Saturday when he suffered pain in his left pitching elbow.

Tide Head Coach Jim Wells said an MRI showed no ligament damage and Belcher's availability would hinge on how he dealt with the pain that came with recurring bone spurs in his arm.

"He deals with pain better than some others," Wells said earlier in the week.

On Thursday, Wells said Belcher tried to throw a baseball but that his arm "didn't respond". Belcher was sent back for another MRI and is not expected to be available for Friday, and doubtful for at least the remainder of the SEC tournament.

Another potential bad-news situation occured after Bama left fielder Gabe Scott was hit on the elbow in his first at bat of the day.

"It got worse and worse as the day went along," Scott said.

Scott stayed in the game, but his arm was swolen above the elbow following the game. He was to undergo X-rays Thursday evening as a precaution.

Scott should be available for Friday afternoon's game against either Florida or Ole Miss.

Whether or not Scott is at 100 percent, the Tide needs to have some production for the top of its lineup. They are an astounding 0-for-27 from the No. 1-4 spots in the lineup in the first two SEC Tournament games.

Cale Iorg, who is 5-for-8 at the plate in the tournament will likely be moved up in the order for Friday's game.

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