LSU OF Beau Jordan has lateral meniscus tear

LSU BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: Freshman outfielder could miss rest of season with a lateral meniscus tear; LSU watching the weather for Wednesday's game; Doug Norman set for second start; Kade Scivicque the SEC Co-Player of the Week

Freshman outfielder Beau Jordan could miss the rest of the season with a lateral meniscus tear.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Jordan will undergo surgery Thursday, which will provide a more definitive long-term prognosis. If it’s a slight tear, Jordan could return in four to six weeks. Anything more significant though, and Jordan will be sidelined for at least three months.

Jordan suffered the injury Saturday against Boston College. He tried to avoid a collision with Chris Sciambra in the outfield, but his knee buckled as he went to the ground to get out of the way.

Jordan had played in four games this season, with two hits in six at-bats and a pair of RBI. He figured to have only a reserve role the rest of the year, but he had impressed the coaches enough to get playing time behind guys like Jared Foster and Jake Fraley.

“He’s going to lose out on some development time,” Mainieri said. “He might’ve been a guy that took advantage of some opportunities, but now he’s going to be delayed in his opportunities.”

Jordan wasn’t the only LSU outfielder to suffer an injury Saturday. He actually came in the game to replace Andrew Stevenson, who tweaked his hamstring while legging out one of his two triples.

Mainieri said Monday though that Stevenson should be ready to return Wednesday against Southeastern Louisiana. They’ll hold him out of practice Monday, but he’s expected to get back on the field Tuesday in preparation for Wednesday’s game.

LSU has had a “revolving door” in left field to this point, with Foster, Fraley and Sciambra all seeing time. The injuries to Jordan and Stevenson show how important it is to have the reserves prepared.

“That’s how fragile it is,” Mainieri said. “It can be that quick, and all the sudden you need one of those guys. And I have to have them ready.”

In other injury news, freshman pitcher Jake Latz could start throwing again next week. He’s had problems in his throwing elbow since he got to LSU. He missed most of the fall with soreness, and that resurfaced during preseason practices.

Latz hasn’t thrown in almost a month, while the LSU coaches play it cautiously to prevent more permanent damage. Latz will see a doctor Thursday, and he’ll determine whether Latz can begin throwing again next week.

Latz was one of the highly-touted pitchers LSU added in the 2014 class. He was selected in the 11th round of the MLB Draft but turned down an offer of more than $1 million to come to school. He was in line to compete for a spot in the weekend rotation, but he’ll likely see a bullpen role once he gets back in action this season.

Also, pitcher Austin Bain is fine after struggling with an illness this past weekend. He had to go home between games in LSU’s doubleheader against Boston College. He threw a bullpen session Monday and is back to full health.

WATCHING THE WEATHER


LSU may have to reschedule Wednesday’s game against Southeastern Louisiana because of weather.

Mainieri said he’s been in contact with SELU coach Matt Riser, and the two have agreed to play the game Thursday if the forecast doesn’t improve. Forecasts currently predict a 100 percent chance of heavy rain.

The LSU coaches will meet again Tuesday morning and gather information from local meteorologists to make a final ruling.

“If the weather forecast has not changed at all, then the game will be moved to Thursday night,” Mainieri said. “We have agreed on that makeup date if we have to utilize it, but that has not been decided yet. But right now, we’re hoping to play it as scheduled.”

If LSU does play Thursday, that would mean four games in four straight days with Princeton coming to town for a weekend series starting Friday.

NORMAN SET FOR SECOND START


Regardless of when LSU plays SELU, freshman Doug Norman will take the mound for his second career start.

Norman made his debut last week against Nicholls State. He did throw a lot of strikes — 51 of his 71 pitches — but he did also surrender nine hits and four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Mainieri expects better in Norman’s second start.

“I hope he’ll be a lot more comfortable out there this week. I don’t care who you are, your first time out there is always going to be nerve-wracking. Now he’s done it once, so I have a feeling he’ll go out there and pitch with a lot of confidence.”

SCIVICQUE THE SEC CO-POW


Senior catcher Kade Scivicque was named the SEC Co-Player of the Week, announced Monday by the conference.

Scivicque hit .545 (6-for-11) in three games last week. He scored five runs, drove in four and had three extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs in Saturday’s win against Boston College.

Scivicque leads the team with a .500 batting average this season. He also leads the team with seven RBI and three home runs. He’s hit safely in all five games he’s started this year and hasn’t struck out once.

“There’s not a player on our team I have more respect for than Kade Scivicque.” Mainieri said.


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