Outfielder Daniel Brooks Hurt At UF Practice

The top ranked Gators may have suffered their first loss of the season before they even took the field in a regular season game at McKethan Stadium. Outfielder Daniel Brooks injured his left wrist today during Florida's practice session.

The injury occurred near the end of the practice. Brooks was coming up fast for a ball hit in front of him and as he attempted to cleanly field it his glove jammed into the turf. He was in a great deal of pain and was helped off of the field by trainers. It is believed that he was sent for X-rays.

Brooks broke his wrist last year while attempting to make a play at first base. The senior from King High School in Tampa was contending for playing time in the outfield and as a designated hitter.

In other baseball news…

The team practiced a little early this afternoon as they'll be receiving their rings tonight at the half of the South Carolina/Florida basketball game. Coach Pat McMahon and the entire team will be on hand to receive some much deserved applause from the Florida faithful.

I watched Chas Spottswood throw in the pen today. His breaking stuff was very impressive. Coach Ross Jones was standing beside him and praised the former Key West High School star after several of his throws.

The Gators open the season this Friday night against Cincinnati at The Mac. Right hander Bryan Ball will get the start.

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