Bryce Jordan tried to do the noble thing on an off day in the fall.
The LSU baseball player accompanied Jared Poché to Alex Box Stadium for a bullpen session, catching the junior hurler’s new repertoire of cutters.
He stood up to return one of the baseballs.
“My spike got stuck in the turf, and (my knee) tore,” Jordan said Friday. “I knew exactly what happened when it happened. I heard it pop and I went to land back on it, and it just gave out. I couldn’t get up or anything.”
Jordan tore his meniscus, sidelining him for nearly the entirety of fall practice, which he had otherwise been dominating with the bat.
Though the knee has been braced throughout Jordan’s return to the field, the injury is still flaring up, and coach Paul Mainieri said he is limiting the former Barbe High standout to serving as the designated hitter — where Mainieri forecast Jordan would start opening night.
He’s also doing some catching, but not running or playing first base.
“I anticipate he’ll be full go by opening day,” Mainieri said.
Bush, Ducote out indefinitely
Nick Bush, a freshman lefty who missed all of fall with elbow surgery, had a setback during his first bullpen back, requiring Tommy John surgery that will keep him out for the season, Mainieri said.
Mainieri said Brother Martin and Delgado product Cody Ducote suffered a freak post-fall injury, cutting his hand on a broken bottle that was buried under some leaves. That also required surgery.
“He won’t be able to grip a bat until next month sometime,” Mainieri said. “I don’t anticipate he’ll be ready to play for at least a month going into the season.”
Ex-Tigers to join Blair
New play-by-play announcer Chris Blair, who will make his LSU debut when the team opens its season Feb. 19 against Cincinnati, will have the benefit of two former national champions to aid in his transition.
LSU spokesman Bill Franques confirmed Doug Thompson and Buzzy Haydel would work as color analysts alongside Blair. Longtime color analyst Charles Hanagriff will not be a part of the broadcast. He said in a tweet that he and LSU Sports Properties “could not agree on terms.”
Thompson was the winning pitcher in LSU’s 1997 national title game win over Alabama. Haydel was a reserve on the 2009 national championship team.
LSU’s First Pitch Banquet is Sunday at the Crowne Plaza, where retiring play-by-play man Jim Hawthorne will give the keynote address. Blair will address the crowd, which is expected to include Warren Morris, among other program alumni. … Jake Fraley debuted his new No. 8 jersey for the media. The number is passed down in the same way the football team treats No. 18. Past wearers of the number include Mikie Mahtook, Mason Katz and Alex Bregman. … Former Tigers lefty Brent Bonvillain, who has one semester before graduation, joined the staff as Mainieri’s undergraduate assistant. He will coach first base.