With the odds stacked against him getting regular playing time, sophomore outfielder Brody Wofford transferred from the LSU baseball program to Chipola College in Marianna, Florida.
"It was a mutually agreed-upon thing," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. "We discussed his situation, and I just felt that we had at least five guys ahead of him, if not six, in the outfield. For him, at this point in his career, he felt it was important to get a chance to play every day. So with my blessing he transferred to Chipola, where he will hopefully get an opportunity to play every day."
The left-handed-hitting outfielder batted .242 in 62 at-bats as a freshman.
Mainieri also confirmed that his team will be without right-handed reliever Alden Cartwright this season. Cartwright was a long shot to compete after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the spring. But he needed additional surgery on his shoulder this fall.
"He's definitely out for the season," Mainieri said. "He had Tommy John surgery last April, and then as he was doing his rehab, his shoulder was giving him trouble, so he had to have surgery on his shoulder."
This means that the Tigers will start the season with a 34-man roster, one under the NCAA maximum. That doesn't concern Mainieri.
"Last year we went through the season with 33 or 32 guys," Mainieri said. "We rarely have an entire 35-man roster because of injuries or a guy deciding to transfer in the middle of the year. I'm not overly concerned with it. I think we've got enough players and quality personnel to be able to compete favorably during the season."