Infielder Grayson Byrd’s transfer from LSU surprised just about everyone, including coach Paul Mainieri.
It was an abrupt departure that left swirling questions about a player who was one of LSU’s top reserves last season, a guy many felt would challenge for one of the four open infield spots.
Byrd offered his first public comments on his transfer Friday, emailing The Advocate a statement saying he was “no longer having fun playing the game.” He had not returned a message for comment.
Byrd, a freshman last season, didn’t complete his summer ball season after suffering a sore arm, Mainieri said. The coach said he didn’t make coaches aware of the injury until recently, and he visited his own doctor before calling Mainieri with the transfer news.
Mainieri was, at first, surprised by the news of the transfer, but he eventually understood the move, he said Thursday at a press conference introducing the 2015 signing class.
“Sometimes a place just is not the right fit for some people. Maybe his style of play didn’t fit what I expect out of players, and he knows that and recognized that and maybe he just felt he could be happier playing in a different situation,” he said. “We ask a lot of our players here. It’s a lot of pressure on these kids from the coaches, media, public. Some kids thrive in that environment, and other kids it’s not quite the right thing for them.”