After batting .303 with 34 RBI as a true freshman, Bradford was expected to be a major hitting contributor to this year's Bulldog squad. And during the early part of the season he was doing just that, hitting .315 (17-of-54) with 13 RBI. But on March 7th, against Penn State, he injured his right shoulder diving for a ball.
After about a two and a half week rest he started playing again with a start against Arkansas, his first SEC action of the year. Although not fully recovered from the initial injury, he played for a little over a month, batting .214 during that period, (15-of-70, 4 RBI) until he re-injured his shoulder when he and fellow Bulldog outfielder Brent Brownlee ran into each other while attempting to catch a fly ball in the Ole Miss series.
A couple of weeks later he had his surgery to repair the shoulder.
"I had my surgery about four weeks ago, probably May 9th. It was on my labrum on my right shoulder," said Bradford, who throws and bats left-handed. "They had to clean out some other stuff in there but it was mainly my labrum."
He is currently in rehab.
"I rehab three times a week in the morning in Pensacola," said Bradford, who missed seeing his teammates play in the SEC Tournament due to the distance from Pensacola but was able to drive to Tallahassee to watch them play in the NCAA Regional. "Each (rehab session) is about 1 hour and 30 minute but it was an hour and 45 minutes the last time. Each time I go in there it is a little longer. Right now, it is a bunch of movement rehab to help me get my movement back."
This is the first major injury that Bradford has had and the rehab has been an adjustment but it's something that he knows has to be done.
"I'm not used to it but it's something that I have to do," said Bradford. "If I don't do it right, then it's not going to be right so I just have to do it."
He expects to be 100% in several months.
"The normal rehab (for this type surgery) is about 4 to 6 months," said C.T. Bradford. "I should be 100% in 4 to 6 months."
He'll miss fall ball but should be ready to go by late October or early November.