By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor
LSU slugger Greg Deichmann’s hopes of playing on Opening Night took a significant step forward Wednesday.
Deichmann, less than a week removed from suffering facial fractures, practiced in right field. LSU coach Paul Mainieri confirmed via text that there were no setbacks, and provided he’s cleared by a doctor Thursday morning, the junior will be in the starting lineup against Air Force on Friday night.
“No problems,” Mainieri wrote. “As long as the doctor clears him in a visit tomorrow, he should be ready to go.”
The New Orleans native underwent facial surgery Sunday morning. He suffered three fractures of his Zygomatic bone when a fastball from Blair Frederick hit him under the ear flap of his helmet during a scrimmage Friday night.
Deichmann led the Tigers in both home runs and runs batted in a season ago. If cleared, he’ll play right field and bat either third of fourth in the LSU lineup. It’s expected he’ll wear some kind of protective mask if and when he suits up.