Whiting recovering from fractured nose

University of Louisville second baseman Sutton Whiting suffered a fractured nose when a pitch struck his face in the 9th inning of the Cardinals season-opening win. Cardinal Authority has the latest on the junior.

Junior Sutton Whiting was a 2nd Team All-Big East selection after hitting .308, with 30 RBI, 41 runs scored and 24 stolen bases last season. One of four captains, Whiting was given the lead off spot in the lineup a few days prior to the season opener and has high expectations for the 2014 campaign.

At the plate in the ninth inning in the season-opener with the scored knotted at six, Whiting was hoping to start a rally. Instead of a game winning hit, he found himself leaving the game after being struck in the face by a pitch. A trip to the hospital confirmed the extent of the injury, the Cardinals second baseman suffered a fractured nose.

Whiting rejoined the team that evening and was with them throughout the weekend series in Charleston, S.C. He is back at practice and available if needed, officially listed as day-to-day.

"Sutton's doing great," head coach Dan McDonnell said following U of L's 13-1 win over EKU on Wednesday evening. "He practiced yesterday. He took ground balls today. He took [batting practice]. He could play if we need him to play, but we're just trying to give it time and let that face heal."

McDonnell is looking for the positive in Whiting's short absence.

"It's forced us to use Grant Kay at second," he told Cardinal Authority. "It's forced us to put Colin Lyman in the lineup. It's not good for Sutton, you feel for him, but it has forced us early on to play another guy or two in spots that maybe we wouldn't have if Sutton was healthy."

The designated hitter on opening day, Kay has played error free ball while filling the void at second base. The junior college transfer is currently second on the team with a .400 batting average.

Filling the lead off role for Whiting has been fellow captain Cole Sturgeon. The senior is hitting .300 and has scored 3 runs as the lead off hitter.

Lymon, a true freshman from Algonquin (Ill.) Huntley, has played in the last two games. He has a pair of hits in four at bats, with a run and a walk. He has logged time in right field and as the designated hitter.

"We just need to keep getting guys experience and we should be better off for it when Sutton comes back," McDonnell said.

Louisville returns to action on Friday at 3:00p.m. for a weekend series with Western Michigan.

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