Tigers Hoping To Be Healthy For Regional

The health of outfielders Brian Fletcher and Trent Mummey has been a big story leading up to the Auburn Regional beginning Friday.

Auburn, Ala.--While there were first questions about Auburn hosting and then about who would be playing at Plainsman Park, the biggest questions surrounding the program continue to be the health of outfielders Brian Fletcher and Trent Mummey. Two of Auburn's biggest weapons both offensively and defensively, the pair were injured at the SEC Tournament in Hoover and are looking to be back this Friday when the Tigers open NCAA Regional play at 6 p.m. against Jacksonville State.

"Injuries are a part of it," Auburn coach John Pawlowski said. "I think the benefit that we've had is that we've had some time for those guys to rest and recover. You get some treatment and every day they seem like they're getting better. The more time you have the better off you are. I hope both of those guys will be ready to go on Friday."

Mummey is congratulated by Fletcher and Justin Fradejas after a homer earlier this season.

There's not much question of that if you talk to the junior tandem of Fletcher and Mummey. Hit in the left hand with a pitch during last week's SEC Tournament, Fletcher is back swinging the bat some and was in the cages on Tuesday. That's important to have someone of his talent back on the field for the Tigers. In 56 games this season Fletcher hit .359 with 20 home runs and 70 RBI and he said he'll be ready to go on Friday.

"It's feeling better," Fletcher said. "It's just day by day. I'm getting treatment and it's gradually getting better. I'll be good by Friday. It was a little sore and tender when it happened. As soon as I got the swelling out it was good."

For Mummey the injury is a little more questionable when dealing with the hamstring. With a minor strain suffered late in the win over South Carolina on Thursday, Mummey has basically shut it down to give his leg time to recuperate as much as possible. On Tuesday he finally got back to doing some physical work and said things went well.

"It's good," Mummey said. "It's probably about 90 percent right now. Every day it's getting better. I'm definitely getting my time in with therapy. I've been over there a lot this week. It's continuing to get better. I'll be 100 percent by Friday. Today I was running about 80 percent and didn't feel it. I'm going to hold off on really trying it out until Friday and we'll see how it goes. I definitely see myself 100 percent on Friday."

Playing in just 31 games with 29 starts, Mummey has been on a roll this season for the Tigers. Hitting .371, he has 15 home runs and 47 RBI, both in the top four on the team this year. Playing beside each other for three seasons and now both fighting to get back in the lineup for the regional, Mummey said he can't imagine them not being out there when the first pitch is thrown against the Gamecocks.

"We definitely feed off each other," Mummey said of he and Fletcher. "I feel like our outfield runs a little better with both of us out there. We talk a lot and that's really helpful. I feel like we'll both be out there Friday."

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