Mississippi State junior outfielder C.T. Bradford was not in the lineup for the Bulldogs final three games in the Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament.
The Pace, Fla. native played in the 17-inning marathon against Missouri on Tuesday, but was not in the lineup the next day against South Carolina.
Bradford had started all 57 games for the season, before the South Carolina game on Wednesday. MSU head coach John Cohen said Bradford is battling an injury, a hip flexer, muscle pull.
After the Bulldogs were eliminated by Vanderbilt in a 16-8 loss, Cohen talked about Bradford’s injury and his status going forward.
“We’re going to give him as much rest as possible,” Cohen said. “We are going to keep rehabbing. He said in an emergency (Saturday) he probably could’ve played, but I know he wants to play but we’re not going to push it. Next week is essentially our whole season. We’re not going to push it and we’re going to rehab it and do everything with him that’s possible to get him ready to play. He’s a guy that really helps makes us go.”
The Bulldogs will now await their fate in the NCAA Tournament. Host sites will be announced tonight, while the field of 64 will be reviled tomorrow.