April 5, 2012

Injured Bulldogs getting healthier

Mississippi State is slowly starting to get some of its pieces back in play.

Outfielders Brent Brownlee and C.T. Bradford as well as pitcher Ben Bracewell have all returned on a limited basis for the Bulldogs, who could be on the verge of adding more injured players back in the lineup.

Outfielder/ reliever Taylor Stark has been out since March 18 with a hamstring injury but could be returning on the mound for MSU.

"I think Taylor could pitch this weekend maybe," said MSU head coach John Cohen. "The question is on a ground ball to the right side or a bunt situation, can he get to the bag? Those are things that are important but we've got to believe he can do it. He threw a bullpen two days ago and Butch (Thompson) said it was one of the best bullpens he's ever thrown, the issue is just his mobility."

Cohen also said that sophomore third baseman Daryl Norris (knee) began taking some ground balls and batting practice this week but was a little stiff in his movement. He stated that some days have been better than others for Norris and that a return date is still up in the air. Brownlee (knee) is listed day-to-day and will be a game-time decision this weekend.

The Diamond Dogs had to cancel their Tuesday night outing against Mississippi Valley State due to the threat of inclimate weather and travel concerns. It was probably a good thing as even more players would have been unavailable for that contest.

Brownlee and Bradford (shoulder)would have been questionable as would freshman first baseman Wes Rea (head, fingers). Junior catcher Mitch Slauter (illness) and junior designated hitter Trey Porter (bereavement) were not available against the Delta Devils.

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