Mainieri said his phone erupted with text messages as soon as turned it on, with trainer Jon Michelini alerting him that he had been at the hospital throughout the night with several players in the grips of a nasty stomach virus.
“I think it was up to 13 guys, but I keep getting calls about other guys not feeling well,” Mainieri said. “Right now, we’re down to nine healthy position players.”
Mainieri said the LSU baseball offices, locker room, clubhouse and batting cages were all disinfected this morning. Food poisoning isn’t thought to be the cause because not all of the sick players are the postgame meal.
“This is my first time dealt with anything like this,” he said. “We’re going to play as long as we have enough players to put on the field. We don’t want to have to make a pitcher be the catcher or anything like that.”
Scheduled starting pitcher Aaron Nola is not among the sick, Mainieri said. He also said there are enough pitchers to get through a game.
“It’s just something we have to get through and play our best,” Mainieri said.