Trey Dawson, LSU’s projected opening night shortstop, is battling pink eye and his status for Friday’s season-opener against Cincinnati is in doubt, coach Paul Mainieri said Thursday.
Dawson, a Hurricane, West Virginia native, woke up with the issue on Wednesday.
“We sent him home so he wouldn’t get anyone else infected,” Mainieri said. “It’s a little better today, but not a lot better. He still can’t put his contact in. Hopefully he’ll be better tomorrow.”
Mainieri now must weigh the option of sending a true freshman out for opening night who hasn’t practiced in two days or shuffle an already depleted left side of the infield.
If Dawson isn’t able to play Friday, Mainieri said Cole Freeman — the team’s third baseman who alternated with Dawson at shortstop during the spring — would start in his place.
Third base would fall to either Chris Reid or O’Neal Lochridge, Mainieri said. Both are true freshmen.
Mainieri moved Lochridge from third base to second base at the beginning of spring after the St. Thomas More product struggled defensively.
Robertson ‘ugly’ but good to go for opening night
Two days after taking a ground ball off the mouth and walking off the field soaked in blood, Tiger second baseman Kramer Robertson sported a personalized mouthpiece and lamented his unattractive big lip, but assured he was ready to go for Friday’s season-opener.
Robertson’s teeth were wired together by the team dentist Tuesday afternoon after a few were pushed back by the balls impact. He said he’ll wear the mouthpiece for four to six weeks.
The troubles didn’t stop there. Robertson had what he believed to be a reaction to the antibiotics he was given, inducing vomiting all day Wednesday and causing him to miss practice.
He received an IV at the field on Friday and was slated to have a full practice.
“I’m pretty ugly,” Robertson said. “I’ve been better. But I’m ready to go.”