LSU has had its first real injury scare of the preseason.
Starting catcher Hunter Feduccia has a broken bone in his left hand, LSU coach Paul Mainieri confirmed in a text to Tiger Rag, but the coach is hopeful LSU will get the LSU-Eunice transfer back in the lineup by Opening Day.
The injury is the result of a teammate’s bat hitting the unprotected top of Feduccia’s catchers mitt on a follow through. He’s been held out of practice this week, Mainieri said, but the catcher could be able to grip a bat again by this weekend.
“Should be back by (Opening Day),” Mainieri said. “Just sore right now but it’s getting better every day. Hoping he’ll be able to hit by this weekend.”
Though a newcomer to the club, Feduccia is arguably the hardest player to replace on LSU’s roster due to the Tigers’ lack of depth behind the plate. Senior Nick Coomes is the backup and would start if Feduccia couldn’t go. Freshman Braden Doughty is the only other catcher on the roster because Mason Doolittle, another freshman, left the program during winter break.