The reigning SEC Freshman of the Year kept his production at a high level but was troubled by stress fractures in his shins during the latter part of the season. Thankfully, summer rest has Henry nearly healed and ready for fall camp.
"They are telling me to rest and let them heal by just taking some time off," Henry said. "It is getting a lot better and should be fine by fall ball. I started feeling it at the end of the season, near the tournament, and then it got worse and worse during the first part of the summer. The pain intensified the more I ran on them."
Henry was invited to tryout for Team USA but only stayed around a week due to the injury. While there, he produced a .500 on-base percentage in two starts and three games played. After returning to Oxford, the Vicksburg native concentrated on classes and strength training.
"I was with Team USA for a week and then I found out exactly what was wrong with my shins," Henry said. "I came back and took classes in July and stayed in Oxford all summer. I have been working on getting stronger in my upper body and trying to get my legs back in shape."
Henry says his shins no longer hurt when he walks, and he feels like he could run full speed if needed. The sophomore couldn't work out his lower body, so he emphasized his arms and core under the direction of trainer Tony Barnett.
"I have doubled up on upper-body workouts because I couldn't work out my lower body. I'm trying to gain strength in my arms. Plus, add some power since I'm definitely not the greatest at that," Henry joked
Fall practice doesn't begin until Sept. 21, but the Rebels are getting better with weight lifting and four-on-one drills (four players and one coach). The preparation is necessary, since Henry feels like winning starting spots will be a grueling task.
"The hard summer of working out also helps with endurance and staying healthy during a long season. With the talented group coming in, we are having to fight for our spot from day one. That kind of competition is tough if you aren't in shape."
The year is also a little different because his brother Justin is no longer a teammate.
"It felt weird the first couple days, but I have met the new guys and it's been great so far. It is a little different than last year though."
As for Justin, he is hitting .343 for the Oneonta Tigers of the New York Penn League, a Single-A affiliate of Detroit. Jordan says his brother is happy and hoping to keep the stellar play going.
"He is really excited so far and hopefully he can keep it up until the end of the season. He is having a good time and learning some stuff up there as well. At first it was different, but he told me that he is now used to it. We are all happy and excited about the way it has gone."
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