LSU junior outfielder Greg Deichmann was struck in the face by a pitch during a Friday night scrimmage.
The pitch hit Deichmann near the ear flap of his helmet. He had a CT scan late Friday night, and on Saturday morning coach Paul Mainieri said in a text message, "We think he probably has a fracture in his cheekbone."
Mainieri declined to speculate on the severity of the injury or whether Deichmann would have to miss time.
Deichmann's father, Greg Deichmann Sr., told local author Jeffrey Marx that Deichmann broke three bones in his cheek and would require surgery. The Advocate confirmed that report.
Deichmann Sr. also told Marx that his son is "adamant that he won't miss any games," but that is still to be determined.
Deichmann is set to see a specialist Monday, and until then Mainieri said, "I have no idea what the treatment plan is or how long he will be out."
After playing sparingly as a freshman, Deichmann emerged as a source of power last season, leading the team with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs. Five of those home runs came in his final 10 games of the season.
He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 26th round of the MLB draft last season as a draft-eligible sophomore, but he chose to return for his junior season.
This is potentially the second significant injury in the past week. LSU was dealt a major blow when Bryce Jordan suffered a season-ending knee injury during Tuesday’s scrimmage.
Jordan and Deichmann figured to be middle-of-the-order bats for the Tigers, who enter the season ranked in the top five in every major poll.
LSU opens its season at 7 p.m. Friday against Air Force.