X-rays on LSU first baseman Bryce Jordan’s ankle were negative following Saturday’s doubleheader against Fordham, but coach Paul Mainieri said Sunday Jordan’s status for the team’s upcoming five-game week is uncertain.
Jordan collided with a photographer while running for a foul popup in the third inning of the Tigers’ 15-1 victory in Saturday’s first game. The photographer, seated inside the painted line where still photographers are permitted to shoot the game, and her equipment are all considered part of live play, Mainieri said.
Jordan stepped on the photographer’s foot and rolled his ankle, Mainieri said, but remained in the game. He got hit by a pitch in the fifth inning and knocked a two-RBI single in the sixth, advancing on wild pitches without issue in each of those trips around the bases.
Mainieri pulled Jordan in to begin the seventh inning with LSU ahead 11-1, and that’s when Mainieri said the soreness flared up.
Jordan was penciled into the game two lineup at designated hitter, but was scratched after he exited the field with trainer Cory Couture minutes after beginning pregame warmups. Jordan Romero was inserted in his place, finishing 0-for-4.
“(Jordan’s) ankle’s very sore,” Mainieri said. “I haven’t seen him today, I just talked to him. They were going to try some pretty aggressive treatment, but he’s pretty sore today. I’m not sure what his status is for this week at this point. I’ll have a better idea about it tomorrow.”
With rain likely throughout this week, Mainieri said he’s already compared LSU’s schedule with those of Louisiana Tech and McNeese State for contingency plans if the team’s games were to be postponed.
Mainieri will speak with Louisiana Tech coach Greg Goff on Monday as the Tuesday game draws closer, wanting to ensure the Bulldogs don’t drive four hours to Baton Rouge if “we’re not sure we’re going to be able to play.”
He’s already spoken to McNeese coach Justin Hill about a possible schedule shuffle that would involve a third team. McNeese and LSU are scheduled to play Wednesday, when the National Weather Service projects a 90 percent chance of rain, at 6:30 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium.