Wise, junior catcher, is having more trouble with his back than his hand. He's had some spasms. But Wise will play Friday night at Georgia.
Wise has caught in 40 of the Hogs 42 games, starting 37. Van Horn, the UA coach, said redshirt freshman Jean Rameriz has improved behind the plate and brings some power to the offense, but Wise would go unless his back worsens.
"He watched yesterday and he'll watch again today," Van Horn said of Wise. "We are trying to get his back loosened up. He had spasms Friday night."
There are forecasts for rain Saturday and Sunday in Athens, but Van Horn said he won't change his pitching rotation. He was asked if he might move Ryne Stanek back to Friday night, ahead of Barrett Astin. He said, "No, we've already done bullpens this week and we aren't changing. Plus, we like it the way it is."
Van Horn is pleased with the added offense that Brett McAfee and Jordan Farris have provided as they've stepped in at short and second, respectively. McAfee is hitting .385 in league play. Farris is at .353. Only Joe Serrano (at .371) in SEC games) is close to those two.
Van Horn said Dominic Ficociello has hit well from the right side, but not as consistent from the left side. He had a better weekend, but Van Horn said if he doesn't provide consistent hitting from the left side that he could use Eric Fisher or Willie Schwanke at first against righthanded pitching.
The Hogs tried to practice Tuesday, but only made it to about one hour deep in the workout when rain and cold forced them off the field. They'll get in a workout Wednesday in Fayetteville and another one Thursday in Athens.
The No. 15 Razorbacks (27-15, 11-7 SEC) will meet Georgia at 6 p.m. Friday night. The Bulldogs (16-26, 4-14 SEC) blasted rival Georgia Tech by a 17-0 count with 22 hits on Tuesday night while the Hogs were weathered out in their midweek game scheduled with Oklahoma.
Van Horn knows Georgia will be fighting for its postseason life.
"I know their game with Georgia Tech, cross-state rival, will help their confidence," Van Horn said. "That would help our team's confidence. It's pretty impressive -- 22 hits."
Van Horn said the Bulldogs are dangerous.
"You are playing a team that will try to fight and scramble to get into the SEC tournament, because they know they need to win it to get into the (NCAA tournament)," Van Horn said. "They are going to play hard until they are mathematically eliminated. They could be dangerous."