Nick Coomes’ debut season with the LSU baseball team was slowed by a nagging hip injury that caused him pain and limited where he could play defensively.
On Thursday morning, Coomes hoped to have fixed that issue when he had hip surgery.
“Just crushed surgery! Recovery starts today!” Coomes tweeted around noon Thursday.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri said the team had used “some temporary solutions” to allow Coomes to play in 2017, but it was clear his condition would need to be addressed on a more permanent basis after the season.
“He’s been battling that hip issue all year,” Mainieri said. “He courageously fought through the pain and was able to play … but when the end of the year came, we figured he would probably need to have it fixed.”
Coomes was held out of the lineup early in the season while dealing with pain in his hip. Although he started the year as catcher Michael Papierski’s primary backup, the injury led Coomes to spend most of his time at first base.
Mainieri declined to give specifics, electing to call it a “hip issue, very fixable.” He said he expects Coomes to miss some time this fall as he recovers.
“We expect it to be a full recovery, but it’s going to take four months for that to happen,” Mainieri said. “That means he’d probably miss most, if not all of fall practice.”
Coomes started 37 games for LSU in 2017, hitting .303 with two home runs and 24 RBIs.