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J.J. Wetherholt’s hamstring harm is daily; Brodie Kresser will fill in at shortstop

MORGANTOWN — WVU baseball coach Randy Mazey held a Zoom name with reporters Wednesday. He didn’t have to attend for the primary query.

“The apparent query is how is J.J.?” Mazey started. “It’s too early to inform. Checks have been finished (Tuesday), and we’re simply ready for the outcomes of these. We’ll take it day-to-day.”

J.J. Wetherholt injured his hamstring Monday, whereas scoring on a rundown in a recreation in opposition to Stetson.

WVU’s star shortstop was pulled from the remainder of that recreation and certain received’t play this weekend, because the Mountaineers (2-2) journey to Charlotte (2-2), which performed within the NCAA match final season.


Wetherholt is coming off a season by which he led the nation with a .449 batting common, whereas additionally hitting 16 house runs and stealing 36 bases.

He first pulled a hamstring over the summer season, whereas enjoying within the Cape Cod League, however Mazey didn’t wish to affirm if this was the identical leg.

Different key accidents embrace pitchers Derek Clark and Robby Porco. Mazey mentioned Clark was projected as a weekend starter, whereas Porco was additionally projected to be a key determine within the rotation. Mazey had no timetable on after they may return.

Subbing in for Wetherholt in the interim might be junior-college switch Brodie Kresser.

“That’ll most likely be the plan,” Mazey mentioned. “Satirically, the primary pitch after J.J. bought harm was a floor ball to the shortstop and (Kresser) made a pleasant play. He made a number of good performs on the weekend. I’m very snug with him there.”

Kresser appeared in all 4 video games of the opening sequence, enjoying each second base and heart area, earlier than filling in for Wetherholt at shortstop.

He was 3 for 14 in opposition to Stetson with a house run and three RBIs.

Kresser is in his first season with the Mountaineers. Over two seasons at Des Moines (Iowa) Space Group School, he batted .339 with 14 house runs, 87 RBIs, 30 doubles and 22 stolen bases in 109 video games.

WVU entered the season already having to tinker with its infield rotation, starting with Wetherholt transferring from second base to shortstop.

Ellis Garcia will rotate between third base and second base, whereas Houston Christian switch Reed Chumley can even play third base.

Grant Hussey at first base is the one WVU common who isn’t enjoying a brand new place.

With all of the modifications, WVU’s infielders didn’t commit an error over the primary 4 video games.

“We went down there and to not make any errors might be the very best defensive opening weekend we ever had,” Mazey mentioned. “To play error-free is one factor, however to do it on grass and grime on a area we haven’t been on is fairly spectacular.”

WVU’s house opener at Mon County Ballpark is scheduled for Feb. 28 in opposition to Canisius. It’s doable Wetherholt might be again in motion for that recreation.

He missed 5 video games final season with a fractured thumb.

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