LSU center fielder Andrew Stevenson has taken batting practice and done light jogging this week while recovering from a strained hamstring.
Stevenson hasn’t pushed it too much though. That’ll come Thursday when he tries sprinting and fielding pop flies for the first time since injuring it over the weekend. He’s hopeful to play Friday in LSU’s series opener against Missouri.
“I’m taking it easy right now easing into it, but hopefully I’ll be ready for Friday,” Stevenson said. “I plan to come back and be 100 percent.”
Stevenson called the injury a “freak thing.” He tweaked it rounding the first base bag after an RBI-single. He said his hamstring just tightened up on him, which is something that happened earlier in the season.
Stevenson said his hamstring had been 100 percent since that first injury, and this was the first time he’d felt any ill effects since.
He did try to fight through it, taking the field in the next half-inning. But he said Mississippi State hit a ball his way and he couldn’t “get going like I wanted to.”
He told Paul Mainieri after that to take him out. Stevenson sat out the next game Saturday.
“I’m really proud of him that he had the maturity and poise to come talk to me right away and tell me he felt it,” Mainieri said. “It allowed us to perhaps keep it from getting worse.”
If Stevenson can’t play Friday, expect Chris Sciambra to take the field in his place. Mark Laird would slide over to center field, and Sciambra would take right.
Stevenson expects he will be able to play though, and Thursday’s workout should give the final indication of just how ready he is.
“Stevenson is really progressing well,” Mainieri said. “Tomorrow will be the first day he tries to run 100 percent, and hopefully there won’t be any issues. I have a good feeling we’ll be OK with him on Friday.”
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