Mississippi State sophomore catcher Gavin Collins will miss 3-5 weeks with a broken hamate bone in his left hand head coach John Cohen confirmed Monday morning.
Dawgs Bite Magazine first reported the news.
Cohen said he expects a “full and quick recovery” for Collins.
The Lake Forest, Calif., native batted .304 last year on his way to being selected to the All-Southeastern Conference Freshman team. He is a Perfect Game All-SEC preseason selection this year. He started 45 games as a freshman.
The Bulldogs do have two other catchers on the roster in Josh Lovelady and Cody Walker. Lovelady transferred in from Shelton State Community College in Alabama, while Walker is a senior after transferring in from Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Alabama a season ago.
Walker started six games and appeared in 18 last season. He batted just .222.
“I think Josh Lovelady is a guy who stepped into our program as a junior college transfer from Shelton State who we think is going to be a really dynamic leader and defender,” Cohen said at Saturday’s media day. “Cody Walker is coming back and has really been very good for us too in terms of calling a game, receiving, blocking, and all of those things. He’s really improved his game as an offensive player.
The Bulldogs open the season Friday with a home tilt against Cincinnati. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.